According to the release, “the group then surrounded the marked patrol vehicle and threw rocks at the driver, threw rocks at the back window, breaking the window, attempted to break off mirrors, kicked out a back light and were rocking the vehicle.”
The crowd surrounding the sheriff’s car was estimated between 70 and 80 protesters. The officer called for assistance after backing away from the crowd. The group kept heading east, with members picking up rocks and debris along the roadside, which they continued throwing at the sheriff’s car.
Goldstein noted no one was injured.
“No similar incidents or violence has occurred in the seven year history of this program where over 2,600 Pandits have come to Iowa to participate in this unprecedented cultural exchange … which involves the Pandits engaging full time in daily group meditation and Vedic performances.”
Pandit leaders were able to guide the group back to their campus before the group had gone more than a half mile. Though there was some property damage, no one was injured.
Richmond told the Courier no arrests have been made, and “no charges are pending” at this time.
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