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Unlawful Arrests Continue, St. Paul a City Under Siege. Police State?

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Get on your stomach or I'm gonna tase you! He asked them what he had done, but they wouldn't say. No, they didn't read me my rights. I complained to one one guy about the cuffs being too tight, he tightened them up


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Michael Sandstrom (306)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 3:20 pm
At around 9:45 that morning, John, 20, was walking home from the bank a few blocks away when he spotted what he thought was a police riot club -- a ubiquitous weapon on the streets here. "It was right off of West 7th Street in, like, a planter; I checked it out but it ended up being a broomstick." He put it down and kept walking, when suddenly he was surrounded by police officers -- "three squad for sure, maybe four" -- one of whom was a woman. "She was like, 'Get on your stomach or I'm gonna tase you!'" He asked them what he had done, but they wouldn't say. Instead, they asked him leading questions about other people they'd just arrested. "They said, 'so, who was in the white van you were associated with?" "I was like, white van? I don't know what you're talking about."


. (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 3:26 pm
I cannot comprehend that this is happening in America. And we just got through criticizing the Chinese for the same sort of behavior....

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 3:42 pm
Greetings from St. Paul, Minnesota, where the atmosphere, sadly, is largely captured by the headlines below. As Republicans bask in corporate-sponsored comfort at the RNC and the media obsess over the latest Sarah Palin revelation, outside on the streets, police wear riot gear and drive in packs of unmarked vans, as helicopters hover overhead. For a place where protests are overwhelmingly peaceful, it feels like a city on lockdown.

Among the hundreds of arrests, a number of media workers have faced brutal treatment by the police. By now, it seems there is no one who hasn't heard about the arrest of Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman Monday night. Goodman was manhandled and handcuffed as she tried to keep two of her producers, Nicole Salazar and Sharif Abdel Kouddous -- both of whom were bloodied -- from being arrested by St. Paul police. Yesterday on the show, the three discussed their unlawful arrest -- and the arrest of other journalists, including an AP photographer, and a reporter for the New York Post, who, somewhat amusingly, yelled, "For Christ's sake, it's a Republican paper!" to no avail.

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 4:17 pm

As of 10:30 pm last night, 284 protesters had been arrested and booked at the Ramsey County Jail in Saint Paul, MN. The most common charges included obstruction, unlawful assembly, conspiracy to riot, and rioting.

The bulk of the arrests took place late yesterday afternoon. The mass arrests started around 3:00pm when officers dragnetted protesters on Shepherd Road in a park near the river. The officers encircled the protesters and detained them for over an hour. About 50 people were let go, according to Gena Berglund of the National Lawyers Guild, which dispatched between 80 and 90 trained legal observers to monitor and videotape yesterday's protests.

Some of the protesters arrested during yesterday's demonstration in St. Paul began to make their way through the court system today. The first hearings began at 8:00am at the Ramsey County Court. Another round of hearings will begin at 1:00pm.

Berglund explained what happens at these hearings. Having spent the night in jail, the prisoners will appear en masse before a judge who will decide whether they can be released, and under what conditions. The prisoners do not have to plead innocent or guilty at this point. Bail will be set for some prisoners. Others will simply be cited and released.

Legal observers expect the prisoners facing the least serious charges will see the judge first. Protesters arrested for misdemeanors can only be held for 36 hours without charge, whereas those charged with felonies can be held for up to 72 hours before they see a judge.

Today, the hearings are effectively closed to the public, according to Berglund. These proceedings are usually public, but the authorities are only letting attorneys into the building at this point.

Amy Goodman and two of her producers for Democracy Now were arrested yesterday near Jackson and 5th Sts. after videotaping a violent arrest. (Video.)

"First her crew was arrested, then Goodman went over to talk to the commanding officer," Berglund explained, "The Secret Service yanked her badge off of her to deny her press protection."

According to the Ramsey County Jail booking database, Goodman was arrested for obstruction. She was released later that day.

I thought the "War" was overseas???

David C (5)
Friday September 5, 2008, 6:15 am
This is some scary crap. They don't read you your maranda* rights. I thought that was just cause for all charges to be dropped. Also they took all his belongings, but were too lame to get his cell phone. That's how people get into police stations with hand guns, just get arrested(sarcasm).

I got an email last night about delegates at the RNC who support Ron Paul. I didn't investigate it, but the jist of it was about the secret service detaining them, searching them, and confiscating all their Ron Paul buttons, books, signs, and CD's. It went on to say that each RP supporter had a secret service agent shadowing them.

Just exactly when did we loose our rights and toss out the constitution?

Mike Tedesco (65)
Friday September 5, 2008, 8:32 am
This is not random behaviour.This is what Scott and others have been telling you about for some time.Americans have lost their RIGHTS many years ago and the NWO tactics will continue as long as Americans allow it.It seems like 911 and Iraq and all these apparent unrelated incidences are not unrelated.By focusing American attention to Terrorists etc.Your government (the Global Terrorists)has taken away all of your Rights(for your own GOOD?)and offers protection and security from the Terror or problem that they created in the first place.The reason Americans have been denied the right
to choose a president,or hear of alternative ways of governing(Ron Paul)is
because of truth.Ron Paul has always maintained his position on your constitutional rights and the rights of all people.If you continue to allow your government to carry out these terrorist attacks on your own citizens then it will not be long before all of you will be held in the concentration camps they have been building for years.Your FREEDOM is in your hands now...You have the power to free yourselves of this NWO slavery program.This program was built on fear of an illusion.Like all BULLIES,they fear you waking up,and calling their bluff.At that point they just disappear
into the darkness from whence they came.Erase(delete) the super imposed brainwashing program laid down on you by Chemtrails,toxic food,nano-technology(the roboticizing of the population RE:Morgellans)etc.etc.Take back your country and yourselves NOW!

Wake Up...Save Our Earth and Yourself...Get Conscious...No Toxic Chemicals

Contact us at Agrogreen Canada ...We can HELP!!!
and mind control

Deborah Hooper (59)
Friday September 5, 2008, 8:39 am
America, America, God shed his grace on thee. And crow thy good with brotherhood from sea to shinning sea!

Republicans hide behind patriotism and religion but all they really care about is making you afraid and telling you who to blame.

Rachel D (57)
Friday September 5, 2008, 9:15 am
It's not the first time the Minn. police have trampled people's rights. The convention just lets them shine.

Arielle S (313)
Friday September 5, 2008, 9:23 am
"Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty blamed the week's violence on a small group of "anarchists, nihilists, and goofballs who want to break stuff and hurt people."

Not bad enough they ignore the Constitution, they have to spread the lies, too.

It's a sad day in America.

Mike Tedesco (65)
Friday September 5, 2008, 10:06 am
of ourselves.

This ain't no disco,this ain't no foolin around...Listen up

Elizabeth,George,the Pope and the rest of your kind...

The Light and the Dark will always exist,
The Light shines the way,
The Dark will resist.
The deck has been loaded right from the start,
The Dark didn't know it,they thought they were smart.
They played out their hand and sat with a grin,
but soon figured out they just could not win.
This game will go on forever you see,
with light winning each hand,
for all eternity...

Nancy M (147)
Friday September 5, 2008, 10:13 am
Deborah, you are so right (or left?). Republicans love to blame the victim and anyone who disagrees with them. If you are not a right-wing neocon then anything wrong in your life is your fault. And I really shouldn't say Republicans because there really are many who do not buy into that.

But much of this has been going on since 9/11. My nieces talk about people they know who have been held in strange places for unusual amounts of time. for bizarre reasons.

Roseann d (178)
Friday September 5, 2008, 2:51 pm
I guess there are now 2 Types of Freedom Fighters - those fighting for freedom and those fighting against it.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 5, 2008, 3:31 pm

thanks, Michael!

p.s. for those who haven't read it, check out Naomi Wolf's book
"The End of America:Letter to a Young Patriot".

Louise L (48)
Friday September 5, 2008, 5:47 pm
This is not what our founding fathers had in mind as freedom. Protesters should allowed to protest--this is America! Where the hell are the lawyers???????? Disgustingly noted,Michael.

Mike P (24)
Friday September 5, 2008, 6:58 pm
Doesn't this contrast between the two conventions strike you as amazing? Last week Obama filled a football stadium with the largest group of supporters in history while millions more watched him on TV. This week McCain gave his acceptance speech to a much smaller and very select group of delegates while closely guarded by large numbers of swat teams throughout the city in full body amour resembling storm troopers.
If both Partys are calling for change, which version of change should we vote for - Hope or Fear?

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday September 5, 2008, 7:01 pm
McCain never mentioned VETERANS in his speech ... he called teh veteran protestor "ground noise" ... I hope the vets picket every single one of his campaign stops and fund raisers; McCain is a selfish pig.

Suze O (0)
Friday September 5, 2008, 8:10 pm
McCain is a selfish pig? and what does that make Obama, the wise sage? I doubt it! If I recall, there was a threat against Obama's life just before or during the DNC. Why shouldn't the police be watching for the same problems at the RNC. Such hatred here on this site, and most are obviously of the left persuasion. Now, the Democrat legislators in my county and state will dis any constituent who disagrees with them, they are always right, and I the taxpayer is too stupid to know anything. Needless to say, the county and state legislature and Governor are quite corrupt. So there is unethical garbage in both parties people!

Joyce C (17)
Friday September 5, 2008, 11:39 pm
It's amazing to me that the majority of Americans don't realize we are no different than half these countries we are OUTRAGED with. Wake up people, our freedoms, our way of life is threatened. Revolution if we are not too frightened and fattened already.

Hans Fredrick (3)
Friday September 5, 2008, 11:59 pm
McCain a would not let his mother talk as she would have told the the RNC vote for Obama my son is crazy. All the jailers in Veitnam liked him as he confressed and told all abou American Miltary Forces so they kept him there for 5 years so he would talk more. 80% of the veterans will not vote for McCain as he voted with George to cut benefits and medical treatmentfor all miltary men. Remember McCalain was the leader of the John Keating Five whobankrupted the Saving Banks Federal Ins. Corp back in '89 causing people to lose billions of dollars. when McCain made billions. Vote Obama-Biden not for senile and killer people McCain-Palin

Mike Tedesco (65)
Saturday September 6, 2008, 4:54 am
Doesn't anyone in the U.S know of Ron Paul?Obviously you see EVIL in both Obama and McCain and still can't decide.Decide for your lives decide to ask about or learn about Ron Paul.It might be worth checking into considering he is the candidate that has been sequestered from the public domain of the US.They don't want you to be aware of his policies and beliefs ,because they will wake you up to the enslavery of the US population.Slavery still exists except now instead of whopin you(They still do)they give you money to keep you in line.

Wake UP...Get Conscious...Save Our Earth and Yourself...

Stanley Townsend (281)
Saturday September 6, 2008, 9:04 am

Joyce C (17)
Friday September 19, 2008, 12:11 pm
Mike I was behind Ron Paul 100%, unfortanetly he dropped out.
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