Wednesday, September 03, 2008

More Disturbing News from the Streets of St. Paul

Item #1: According to A.N.S.W.E.R.: "St. Paul Police Shut Down Concert, Continue Assault; 5,000 Marching Against Poverty Met with Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets" Check out the email alert here. Email the St. Paul mayor to end police intimidation and harassment here.

Item #2: Amy Goodman writes about her arrest and the "threat to democracy" in St. Paul...

Item #3: ACLU condemns police action/mass arrests at RNC in St. Paul.

Item #4: Firedoglake is reporting this from the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul:
Jason was tased seven times on the street, while completely unresisting. We just heard from him-he's still pulling copper out of his hip from the taser gun, has a long, deep laceration in his leg that is still untreated, was beaten up badly and has a black eye, a hurt mouth and many lacerations, but says he's doing great. Elliot Hughes, a sweet, nineteen year old who came to our day camp, was badly beaten when the cops knocked him off his bicycle. They stepped on his chest, and he was coughing blood all night but received no medical treatment. The guards were calling him ‘Princess' and making homophobic remarks. We heard from Jason that last night, Elliot was making noises to protest not receiving any food for more than twelve hours. Twelve officers entered his cell. Screams were heard for over five minutes. He was tasered three times, maced, and beaten, then removed and the men were told he was being taken to a restraint chair.

Item #5: Lindsey Beyerstein, at Firedoglake, reports on eight protesters arrested and charged with "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism" under MN's version of the Patriot Act. She quotes the Twin City Indy Media:

Affidavits released by law enforcement which were filed in support of the search warrants used in raids over the weekend, and used to support probable cause for the arrest warrants, are based on paid, confidential informants who infiltrated the RNCWC on behalf of law enforcement. They allege that members of the group sought to kidnap delegates to the RNC, assault police officers with firebombs and explosives, and sabotage airports in St. Paul...

Evidence released to date does not corroborate these allegations with physical evidence or provide any other evidence for these allegations than the claims of the informants. Based on past abuses of such informants by law enforcement, the National Lawyers Guild is concerned that such police informants have incentives to lie and exaggerate threats of violence and to also act as provacateurs in raising and urging support for acts of violence.

"These charges are an effort to equate publicly stated plans to blockade traffic and disrupt the RNC as being the same as acts of terrorism. This both trivializes real violence and attempts to place the stated political views of the Defendants on trial," said Bruce Nestor, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. "The charges represent an abuse of the criminal justice system and seek to intimidate any person organizing large scale public demonstrations potentially involving civil disobedience, he said."

She concludes, "The criminal complaint doesn't allege that any of the defendants committed, or attempted to commit, any of the notional crimes mentioned by the paid informants. This is the first time that criminal charges have been brought under the 2002 law."

Here is a video montage she made of images of RNC security forces gassing peaceful protesters in the streets of St. Paul:

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