Saturday, August 25, 2007

Attack on Alex Svoboda!

Recently, a young woman from Lincoln, Alexandra Svoboda, was brutally attacked by police in Rhode Island during a peaceful workers rights demonstration. The photos of Alex, who is a member of Nebraskans for Peace, are horrific (see below image and/or press the link to other photos). Her leg is pointed in a very wrong direction from her knee. She has had three vascular surgeries to save her leg and has a number of upcoming procedures yet to go. She is also facing a number of serious legal charges. Please read on to find out more details and how you can support Alex.


Here is a letter her dad sent out:
Our daughter, Alexandra Svoboda — who is a member of Nebraskans for Peace, has been is a step-down ward from Intensive Care in Rhode Island Hospital for over a week now. She was injured when three policemen “arrested” her in North Providence, RI during a peaceful demonstration for worker’s rights. (see attached articles). Alexandra has undergone three vascular surgeries on her left left; has an external fixator from her lower tibia to her pelvis; a detached left fibula and torn ACL/PCL/MCL ligaments in her left knee. We’ve yet to start on the orthopaedic reconstruction of her knee and fibula.

Alexandra, 22, was charged initially with three felony assault charges (on officers), one disturbing the peace and one charge of resisting arrest. (North Providence is a separate township than Providence). The charges are bogus and my wife, Jan Enstrom and I have retained excellent legal council for Alex. Our main goal is a healthy recovery and as for the court. We will not settle for anything less than all charges being dropped or acquittal.

The main pt is that Alexandra is a peaceful and sensitive young lady who would never “attack” any officer and eyewitness and photos back this up. Note: We have and have had federal, state and county law officers in our family and Alex would NEVER attack an officer. Period. You, who are parents, already have that protective instinct and when something like this happens, it raises everything to a new level of support and protection. I pray that you never receive a phone call at 6am from your child, half-in tears and drugged, explaining that she is in the hospital with a broken leg and had surgery the night before. You never expect it and, trust me, it’s not a good way to start the day.
We are dealing with some VERY serious (and bogus) charges and we are resolved to get a very good criminal law attorney and have the charges dismissed or acquitted in a court of law. The photos are below are gruesome. The police action, even more so.

I’m not pleased with the LJS’s coverage as it’s incomplete and dated and slanted to show (in my opinion) to favor the police/mayor of N.Providence.

I want to make sure that as many voices are heard in RI from NE as possible. For that matter, Nebraskans need to hear about this and I am NOT happy with the lackluster coverage that the LJS has provided thus far. Compare the two articles. “Google” my daughter’s name. There’s ample info out there and growing. WE NEED HELP IN SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE RI GOVERNOR and Attn General for a full, thorough and independent investigation.

Every letter and email will help, whether to the Lincoln Journal Star, Providence Journal or officials listed below. We need your help.

Scott Svoboda

Support Alex Svoboda website

Collection of Photos (WARNING: Some of these images are gruesome)

Recent Lincoln Journal Star article that does not do justice to the grave nature of Alex’s injuries — or even accurately reflect the information in the local Rhode Island paper!

North Providence, Rhode Island news story

A bank account to help with Alex's medical expenses has been set up at the following address, if you'd like to contribute:

Alexandra Svoboda Fund
c/o Citizens Bank
120 Waterman Street RI-018
Providence, RI 02906

Please write letters of concern to the following:

Donald L. Carcieri
Office of the Governor
State House
Room 115
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: 401 222 2080
Fax: 401 222 8096

North Providence Mayor:
Charles A. Lombardi
North Providence Town Hall
2000 Smith Street
North Providence, RI 02911
Telephone: (401) 232-0900, ext. 226
Fax: (401) 232-3434

State Attorney General:
Patrick Lynch
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 800 852 7776

Police Chief:
Ernest C. Spaziano
North Providence Police Department
1967 Mineral Spring Ave.
North Providence, R.I. 02904
Business line: 401-233-1433
Fax number: 401-233-1438


  1. CONVICTED!!!!!

  2. Acquittal? You should be counter-suing the PD for excessive force and brutality.

  3. the officers and their families should be put in worker-mining death camps or executed

  4. does say she was leading about 40 protesters so she lit the fire, she poured the fuel on it when she resisted arrest. weather the broken leg was an accident or not, she was using a crowd to intimidate,she felt big with them behind her and gave up her chance at surrendering peacefully. its unfortunate when it happens to a football player too but when you choose to take that risk and put yourself in that position,you have nobody to blame but yourself. it may have been an accident or too much force but it was asked for and could have been avoided.

  5. video tells the story, pictures leave the story to the story teller and imagination of those who will listen.

  6. this was not the result of a beating, there are not any injuries besides the leg. it could have been one of them landing on her wrong witch would be an accident or maby one of the officers stepped on her foot, also an accident. did one of the officers kick her resulting in her broken leg? the more people involved, the more adrenaline involved. with a crowd you have to get it under control asap. the biggest mouth is the first target for the police. as for the picture at the top, harsh but true.... sorry for your luck!

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