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amy goodman arrested at the r.n.c...

>> Tuesday, September 2, 2008

she said it... "this is outrageous". amy goodman... host of the 12 year running "democracy now!" an ESSENTIAL piece of freedom of the press arrested at the repuglican national convention. article and live thread here. WATCH THIS VIDEO AND SEE WHAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT THINKS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION:

update from democracy now!

Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC

Goodman Charged with Obstruction; Felony Riot Charges Pending Against Kouddous and Salazar

ST. PAUL--Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.

All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar's violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, "I'm Press! Press!," resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman's arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.

On Tuesday, Democracy Now! will broadcast video of these arrests, as well as the broader police action. These will also be available on: www.democracynow.org

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman's crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a felony. While the three have been released, they all still face charges stemming from their unlawful arrest. Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a "peace officer."

Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped.

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities' law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, including a photographer for the Associated Press.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism's top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and the subsequent criminal charges and threat of charges are a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists.

Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

Mayor Chris Coleman can be contacted at: 651-266-8510 or e-mailed at: https://mn-stpaul.civicplus.com/forms.asp?FID=69
Governor Tim Pawlenty can be reached at: (651) 296-3391 or e-mailed at tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us
Ramsey County Jail: 651-266-9350


Tait McKenzie September 2, 2008 at 12:22 AM  

Hate to quibble but shouldn't that title read rnc not dnc? That really confused me for a moment till I found another source.

james gyre... September 2, 2008 at 10:18 AM  

you're so right... change made. late night posting = stupid mistakes (for me).

Tait McKenzie September 2, 2008 at 11:55 PM  

yeah I hear that, it's a pity because now that school's started I don't get online as much during the day, and so everything interesting I come across I feel to brain-numbed to bother posting.

cz September 3, 2008 at 7:45 PM  

I'm not giving the police state the benefit of the doubt here, but these are the facts of the video:

1) I see her resisting arrest. She turned towards an officer who was trying to detain her. Not only is that dumb, but it's illegal.

2) I don't see what happened before she started walking towards the arresting officer at the very beginning of the video. It's totally legal for police to form a security barricade at any public event. Being a journalist does not give you unfettered access to all areas. Neither the video nor accompanying text explains what the officers were enforcing, nor what the journalist was trying to do.

3) I don't see excessive force. The journalist was detained, and tried to struggle away from the detaining officer. No citizen has automatic rights to do anything they want, and journalists don't get special rights. Freedom of the press comes with responsibilities and regulations.

Can you address these questions? Has "Democracy Now!" addressed them somewhere that I'm not seeing?

james gyre... September 4, 2008 at 12:06 AM  

1. it's illegal to look at the person arresting you? it's important, especially to get the badge number if they haven't removed it (which is illegal and which i've seen at protests).

2. she walked up to a police line and asked questions about her producers who had been detained. she did not attempt to breach the perimeter. she was merely asking questions. she was arrested before she moved in to the area.

3. amy was detained for no reason, was not given a dispersal order, and did not appear to resist arrest. it looks to me like the officer led here to all of the positions her body was in.

democracy now's more in depth reporting on this from today is here. listening to the evasive answers the police chief gives should

i've been illegally arrested. bear with me if i'm not giving them enough benefit of the doubt, but these police were out of line. i was arrested with reporters (and legal observers!) in 2001 and it was just like this... unprovoked, unapologetic and unconscionable.

cz September 9, 2008 at 8:15 PM  

"it's illegal to look at the person arresting you?"

no, it's certainly not illegal to look at a person arresting you, but it is quite illegal, and with good reason, to resist arrest, which is how i'd interpret a person struggling against my grasp if i were an officer.

"she walked up to a police line and asked questions about her producers who had been detained."

well, the video doesn't show that, AND i'm sure there was another way she could have gone about getting that information.

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