Article by Bryan Howard
November 4, 2018
An MSNBC crew blocked a handicap parking spot in a election polling site in Houston. While blocking the spot it prevented a disabled vet from being able to park. When asked to move they refused to move from the handicap spot. James Berrie is the disabled vet who has multiple sclerosis.
Berrie wrote on Facebook, “Went to vote, and found this waiting for us. The only van accessible spot and they’re filming in it. We asked them to move, pointed out how it was wrong, then went to vote, because it takes time to load up. But came out and still there. Not even packing up, still getting ready for their shot.”
Berrie explained how the situation broke down.
They claimed they had a live shot, so Sarah walked into the shot. They cut the feed and got pissed. Fortunately other people joined in, plus firefighters who where there for Prop B. We finally left once their van was loaded. But there were plenty of witnesses and pictures/video taken by others.
This is suppression. If I couldn’t park I couldn’t vote. Their van had no handicap placards. And this happens all the time. Handicap spots are not loading zones for gear and equipment. Figure something else out. Especially at a public event where people are going to need the spots. This is not ok, and the station needs to be made aware. All of them.
Berrie stated in an interview with CBS that the camera people kept claiming they would end soon.
Berrie claimed, “’We’ll move in like three minutes. We’re going live. We’ve got a shot. We’re going live in like three minutes. We gotta do this,’ and we’re just like, ‘No. You have to move. It’s not right. You know it’s not right.”