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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 06:38 AM
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Released D.C. Protesters Say Police Used Intimidation Tactics
Edited on Sat Sep-08-07 06:50 AM by Hissyspit
http://rawstory.com//news/2007/Jailed_protesters_say_police_response_designed_0907.html



Released D.C. protesters say police used intimidation tactics
09/07/2007 @ 5:08 pm
Filed by Jason Rhyne

Two of the protesters arrested on Thursday during an outdoor press conference at Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Square say that the show of force from police at the scene--which included a S.W.A.T. team and mounted officers, according to reports--was excessive and designed to send a message.

Tina Richards, of the group Grassroots America, and Ian Thompson, a lawyer and organizer for the anti-war group ANSWER Los Angeles, spoke to RAW STORY shortly after they were released from jail and formally charged with misdemeanors in D.C. Superior Court. A third individual, Adam Kokesh, a leader of Iraq Veterans Against the War, has also been released, Richards and Thompson said.

"They were completely there to intimidate," said Tina Richards in a telephone interview with RAW STORY. "We were there to say, 'no,' you won't."

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"We were in complete compliance with D.C. law," said Richards of the group's activities yesterday, which included pasting an advertisement for an anti-war march taking place in Washington next week on an electrical box. She was charged today with defacing public property. Richards also says she was injured in the scuffle that preceded the arrests. "I'm on my way to the hospital right now," she said by telephone. "One of the S.W.A.T. team (members) harassed my daughter...and they slammed my head up against the side of a door."

Ian Thompson, who was charged with interfering with a police officer, says the tough treatment from police extended to the group's night in jail.

"We were shackled with leg irons from about six in the morning until two this afternoon," he said. "They completely overreacted--I was picking up a bucket of paste," referring to the adhesive the group was using to put up a sign.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 06:42 AM
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1. They were SHACKLED with leg irons?
Whar's next, hooding?

:wtf:
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 06:45 AM
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2. Stocks in the public square. n/t
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MatrixEscape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 06:49 AM
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3. There is nothing like this new ...
American version of Fascist Freedom (tm).

You get to pretend you have one thing while you are sold on another, and have a tendency to live life as normal and do nothing about it but complain.

Now, if you were starting a business, wouldn't YOUR investors love that concept and fall off their pedestals of wealth to sock money into your scam?

We hold these truths to be self evident: The rich will get richer while the middle class and poor will be prone to being satisfied and complacent as the meat is stripped from their bones, slowly and gradually with lots of entertainment and distraction to keep the noise down!
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screembloodymurder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 07:03 AM
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4. We'll see how confrontational they are on September 15th
with one million people in the streets. The fascist bullies need to be taught a lesson.
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Kip Humphrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 07:43 AM
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5. Acused of using the wrong kind of paste? How did they avoid rendition???
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 07:47 AM
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6. Tina is a true patriot and a s/hero
So is Adam.

Damn this just pisses me off beyond words.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 08:05 AM
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7. Rec'd with disgust. Will this become an 'acceptable' reaction from the cops? I
won't accept this. x(
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msedano Donating Member (682 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 08:37 AM
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8. can the arrested identify their own paste?
charged with using the "wrong kind of paste" suggests the pig seizes the material at the arrest site. defendants show up in court and ta-da! out comes a bright shiny container of... illegal glue. verdict: guilty and UnitedStatesian Just Us has once again been served up like a severed head on a platter.

recommended.

mvs


http://labloga.blogspot.com
http://readraza.com
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 08:38 AM
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9. What was the protesters crime? Testing democracy?
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Zodiak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 08:42 AM
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10. I smell major civil unrest brewing under the line
I growls and it flexes its muscles, but it still lies dormant at this time. Each day when some new revelation at how far these bastards will go to maintain order, the rise of civil unrest comes closer.

This month features an unprecented amount of propaganda, cracking down, and thumbing of the nose from our political leaders and from the police. The poeple are getting more and more pissed off each day, and the left is becoming radicalized in thought if not in action. The right-wing that has split off from Bush are getting their own taste of fascism, too....Libertarians are seething.

Politically, we are nearing a breaking point.

All it is going to take is a well-publicized clash between the forces of fascism and the millions and millions of disenfrachised and we will be back to street riots like the 60's. Our leaders are not mature enough to handle it near as well now as they did then, and that is twice as scary.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 09:21 AM
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12. This sentiment is popping up in more and more places.
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Zodiak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 09:26 AM
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13. I know, I am hearing it
in conversations around the proverbial water -cooler. The funny thing is that they have become more radicalized than I am about what to do about this, and five years ago they thought I was crazy for being against Bush.

This kind of talk simmering in the minds of many is not a good sign.....and the recent economic pressures have stoked th flame bright. People are getting desperate.
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BleedingHeartPatriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 10:16 AM
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19. The most passionately enraged are the ones who were fooled.
MKJ
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 01:59 PM
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23. does the UFS at the bottom mean United Features Syndicate?
they're broadcasting that comic in mainstream syndication channels?

cool.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 03:39 PM
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28. "About United Media"
> does the UFS at the bottom mean United Features Syndicate?
> they're broadcasting that comic in mainstream syndication channels?

Ayup. See below. It's getting interesting, isn't it?

Tesha




http://www.comics.com/uminfo/um_unitedmedia.html

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old favorites and groundbreaking new strips to you via the
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 09:35 AM
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16. What leaders?
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BleedingHeartPatriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 08:44 AM
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11. K & R, peaceful American citizens exercising their CONSTITUTIONAL rights are shackled.
Keep shining the light.

:kick: MKJ
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 09:31 AM
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14. what's with the hair pulling to the girl they are putting into the squad car??? excessive force!! nt
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 09:33 AM
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15. Is this cop really pulling her hair
WTF?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 09:37 AM
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17. That bitch looks to be pulling her fucking hair... Is this the case?
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Zodiak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 10:08 AM
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18. Looks like it
Edited on Sat Sep-08-07 10:11 AM by Zodiak Ironfist
That way when they say "Ow" and reflexively pull away, they can be charged with resisting arrest.

The ole head bump on the way into the car is another classic off of the same album of greatest hits.

Not to mention the newest hit: break the leg of the person being arrested while tackling them and then charge them with resisting arrest for writhing in agony underneath them.



Boy the cops are being so professional lately, aren't they?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-09-07 11:12 AM
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30. kick
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Anita Garcia Donating Member (869 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 12:33 PM
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20. Protests work!
Do not be denied your right to petition the government and speak freely.
Do not be afraid.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 01:39 PM
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21. Just like being in German Police Custody in 1941
Edited on Sat Sep-08-07 01:39 PM by tom_paine
And no I am not exaggerating.

I am currently reading Haffner's "Defying Hitler" and Klemperer's "I Will Bear Witness" and indeed it is the whole and unvarnished truth.

Pick up the books and see for yourself.

In 1941...1941!...the Jew Klemperer was sent to the local prison for leaving a window mistakenly lit during nighttime blackout. His incarceration, which I just finished reading, is literally not much different and perhaps NICER (yes, you heard me NICER) than the stay these New Jews had in Bushie Police or "regular" (as opposed to a cencentration camp) prison.

Further, I feel compelled to add THE GERMAN AND NAZI GUARDS WERE ACTUALLY NICER TO KLEMPERER THAN THESE BUSHIES.

He was not tortured into stress positions by the unnecessary use of leg irons, nor was he tortured or abused in any way by his own account, as many of these people clearly were. Read the book and see for yourself how alike German 1933-37 is to Amerika 2001-07.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 01:40 PM
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22. Did anyone really think they wouldn't? n/t
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 02:30 PM
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25. That doesn't make it okay.
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 02:25 PM
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24. K&R
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 02:31 PM
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26. K & R !!!
:mad::kick::mad:
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 03:31 PM
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27. .
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 07:30 PM
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29. .
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