Monday, September 01, 2008

USA: St. Paul Police Arresting People without Cause

Throughout St. Paul where the Republican National Convention is convening Police services have been arresting, detaining people, breaking in doors with guns drawn without any real charges. They are taking "pre-emptive" raids on protest organizers and even media members. Many of these raids have been done without warrants or correct warrants as well as using automatic weapons. Breaking into private homes without warrants is obviously illegal, but that hasn't stopped police and FBI members having done so.

Groups that have been targeted are Glassbead Collective, Food Not Bombs, the RNC Welcoming Committee, I-Witness Video, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Permibus and Democracy Now!. Democracy Now is an independent news organization which is on over 700 tv and radio stations. The host Amy Goodman and two producers were unlawfully arrested tonight while legally reporting and filming the protests. The incident was caught on film as shown by submedia.

For more information see the Democracy Now! report from before Amy Goodman was arrested, the newsweek blog by Starhawk on the PermiBus as well as submedia who has three reports. DNC Dispatch #3 RNC EMERGENCY DISPATCH #1, RNC Dispatch #2

UPDATE: Democracy Now Host Amy Goodman and producers were released last night. For full coverage watch their report. In the same series of arrests a Associate Press Photographer and other press were also violently arrested.

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2 Comments:

Blogger betmo said...

they do pretty much what they want. i don't even know if it is illegal at this point ala the patriot act and the military commissions act. no one questions it except the ones being arrested. welcome to police state amerika.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Well from what I've heard the people of St. Paul are not at all used to this type of police overstep. Despite the patriot act these arrests are actually illegal. Thus they probably will have few of these detentions stay as true arrests with charges.

The National Lawyer's Guild is on the scene.

10:51 PM  

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