"What do we do when animals are under attack?" "ACT UP!! FIGHT BACK!!"
On a second march on the streets activists were addressed loudly from a late model pick up truck obviously displaying a freshly killed young stag, head and antlers hanging from the back. The driver and passenger laughed as they drove away WITH THEIR POLICE ESCORT.
The second march brought the group to the back of the Stephens, Inc. building, lining up in a closed off street facing the windows and parking garage. At the top end of the street looking down there were a few young people who sat down together. They were arrested, forcibly, and dragged away to the bus At this point cops on horses charged in and divided the activists into three groups. The officers bearing down on us refused to acknowledge the press ID and forced his horse to slam me into an iron fence, all the while screaming at me to move back. The group of activists in the center was subjected to yet another round of pepper spray before being allowed to make a break for it to the others. A line of women linked arms and stood on the grounds that while on the sidewalk that they were on public property. They were promptly arrested; one of them literally dragged to the bus.
While attempting to actually leave the area, the entire lot of activists was rounded up again with the cops on horses. The police seemed not to know what to do with their quarry, so when asked if they activists were being detained, they answered that they were not. The response was "If we are not being detained then we are free to leave now." They then allowed the group to leave.
Twenty-six people arrested two in need of medical attention, which they were both denied for hours. Specific activists targeted, arrested, and abused. Stories came in until late last night as jail calls were fielded. One fellow, mentioned earlier as having been shot point blank in the face with rubber bullets, was punched in the face while policemen held their hands over his mouth. Another woman's wrist was broken by being lifted and dragged by the handcuffs places tightly on her. Police forcibly removed gas masks and facial protection, shooting pepper spray directly into activist's faces. All arrestees were subjected to pain hold procedures despite the fact that they did not resist or fight back. So, shout out to the Little Rock Police Force, especially Officer Hensley, the lead cop. This is a representation of who they really are.
Everyone was released on his or her own recognizance, only to be re-taken into custody again this morning. The coverage thus far on this site is all true and I won't reiterate it. However, love and respect goes out to the two sweet activists when, upon hearing their circumstances, began to cry, and then in the middle of all of the 5o or so police representatives, media, and crying activists, began to dance a waltz. This is a representation of who they really are.
"What do we do when activists are under attack?" "ACT UP!! FIGHT BACK!!"