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Heavy Police Presence in Sacto

There is a noticeable police presence on the streets of Downtown Sacramento, and outskirts, and it is only Wednesday. I have seen "progressive" looking vehicles pulled over by Sacramento City Police earlier this evening, and have been followed for extended periods twice myself. Caution is the word that goes out to all of those converging on the Capitol City.
Amidst heavy local media coverage, of what will no doubt be the largest event of it's kind in Sacramento history, there is no question that police presence is a bit thicker than normal here in Downtown Sacramento. Local newspaper coverage has been surprisingly close to balanced, but unfortunately the TV news has been thick with footage of cops donning and training in riot gear. Local businesses, some of which have been approached by law enforcement, are highly aware of upcoming events, and one business owner that I spoke with yesterday while distributing information about the planned nonviolent activities, told me that "I've got two friends who are cops...they said everyone is on duty, and they are expecting heavy shit to go down." What this translates into for law enforcement is high sensitivity It is only Wednesday, but already one gets a strong sense of this heightened police presence.

Also, It is obvious that people are already trickling in for the convergence...the early birds. I live just a few blocks from the Convention Center, where the ministerial conference will be held. I would say it is somewhat easy to notice those from out of town, because Downtown Sacramento is home to a fairly tight network of movement-friendly folks. Tonight, I witnessed a very "progressive-looking" vehicle engaged in a traffic stop, with two City Police vehicles. I myself have been followed twice for extended periods - both times by Sacramento City Police, as I traveled back into Midtown/Downtown from outlying areas. My vehicle could certainly be considered "green in appearance, with several peace and earth-friendly bumper stickers adorning the rear window, and it comes as no surprise that a certain degree of "profiling" tactics are being employed by local Police, Sacramento County Sheriffs, and California Highway Patrol.

It is probably true that my own sense of awareness is high as the weekend draws near. However, it should be noted that local authorities have pledged to be fully prepared for the upcoming Sacramento Convergence. This means that anyone entering the Sacramento area to participate, will be wise to keep vehicles inspection-ready at all times, be prepared for "routine traffic stops" and open to friendly conversation with the authorities.

In Solidarity,

Mobeus Kabal
Know's too well. 19.Jun.2003 02:43


Yeah, I was just down in Sacromento on Saturday/Sunday and no more then five minutes after getting out of the car I traveled down in roles a police wagon checking me out (sort of looked like an armored truck). Anyway they must like me alot because in those two days I saw many different police cars, wagons, etc drive by me. Pretty nuts if you ask me, but I guess it's to be expected in this day and age.

Just be aware.

Sacramento Cops 19.Jun.2003 16:17


The Sacramento cops are basically okay, but it's the Sacramento County cops that are the ones that are going to be trouble. I've been seeing a lot of alternative type folks walking around with backpacks on. Those people ought to pin a bullseye on their backs.

the buildup to Sac deems weird 19.Jun.2003 17:00


I guess the anti war actions in SF got the popos attention. I've heard a lot more pre event anouncements from "law enforcement" this time around. Much is probably hype intended to scare would-bes from attending. There is only so much the popo can do aside from start shooting people with real lead, and they're already doing most of it. Everyone please be careful, but don't let those shits intimidate you.

not just cops - Secret Service, FBI, etc. 19.Jun.2003 19:09


Well, I read a couple months ago that 15 federal, state, and local government agencies have been coordinating for a number of months to keep Sacramento orderly.

The US Secret Service is running the show. Their website says: "Today, the Secret Service is authorized by law to protect: ... visiting heads of foreign states or governments and their spouses traveling with them, other distinguished foreign visitors to the United States, and official representatives of the United States performing special missions abroad ... " In other words, the Secret Service will be in Sacramento to keep demonstrators away from the approximately 150 foreign ministers of trade, agriculture, and environment who will be visiting Sacramento during the convergence. The website further states that: "When an event is designated a National Special Security Event, the Secret Service assumes its mandated role as the lead agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan. The Secret Service has developed a core strategy, the concept of forming partnerships with law enforcement and other security and public safety officials. The goal of the cooperating federal, state and local agencies is to provide a safe and secure environment for our protectees, other dignitaries, the event participants, and the general public."

Because the Sac County jail is already crowded (as are those of nearby counties) the cops said in the Sac newspaper that they will open up a separate detention center for arrested protesters at "an undisclosed location." Word on the street is that the detention center will be at McClelland Air Force Base, which will also be the site of the enormous kitchen for the thousands and thousands of law enforcement officers (not to be confused with the Food Not Bombs ...)

An ad hoc demonstrators' legal collective has formed and is in the process of getting know-your-rights handbills out to people, which will have on them the emergency legal hotline number to call in you're in trouble on the streets or in jail (write it on your arm in Magic Marker!) as well as another phone line for legal observers and others to call in to. You should be able to pick up a copy of the handbill at the Welcome Center starting sometime tomorrow if all goes as planned.

Detainment Center 19.Jun.2003 21:04


It won't be a McClellen, it's closed and is a business park now. If anything it will be at the Cosumnes Correctional Center in South Sacramento County. It's a country club.

detainment: Cosumnes is also close to full ... 20.Jun.2003 01:23


Hi Decay,

Thanks for the input, and you're right that in fact, the Sac County Sheriff's website itself says that it often uses Cosumnes Correctional as a place to take new arrestees when Sac County Main Jail is overflowing. The problem is that Cosumnes is fairly close to overflowing too, at least when we're speaking in terms of mass-arrest numbers. Other likely locations, according to my sources, are the jails in Marysville and Yuba City. Perhaps even as far away as Stockton.

But although McClellan is now in large part a business park, there are many warehouse- or airplane hangar-sized buildings that are not in use, and moreover, it's not clear what was done with McClellen's old brig of whatever the Air Force calls a military jail. Much of the business park's tenants are federal government agencies (with what appear to be agency name acronyms, most of which I've never even heard of, and I've heard of most of them). Check out  http://www.mcclellanpark.com/ Also, using McClellan would fit the pattern: in NYC, the old Brooklyn Navy Yard; in DC, the old Blue Plains former cop training facility; etc. Basically, any place with a jail-like facility or even just an easily securable warehouse will do ...

My guess is that they may make use of any or all of those possible places, depending upon the number of arrests made ... Which I hope will be few and minor in nature.

detainment: Cosumnes is also close to full 20.Jun.2003 07:20


Hey Gutter, good point. McClellan is also a fuctioning Coast Guard Air Station. Another place would be the CHP's Headquarters, training center and other CHP facilities that are scattered around Sac. With the crime and poverty in Stockton, I doubt they will put anyone there. There is also Mather Field on the South side of Sac.

I seriously doubt that the police aren't going to get out of hand. They are itching for a fight - so be prepared and have those cameras ready.

Just Check Your Local Concentration Camp Listing 20.Jun.2003 11:34


What's closest to Sacto?

Vandenburg AFB - Rex 84 facility, located near Lompoc & Santa Maria. Internment facility is located near the oceanside, close to Space Launch Complex #6, also called "Slick Six". The launch site has had "a flawless failure record" and is rarely used.

Norton AFB - (closed base) now staffed with UN according to some sources.

Tule Lake - area of "wildlife refuge", accessible by unpaved road, just inside Modoc County. Fort Ord - Closed in 1994, this facility is now an urban warfare training center for US and foreign troops, and may have some "P.O.W. - C.I." enclosures.

Twentynine Palms Marine Base - Birthplace of the infamous "Would you shoot American citizens?" Quiz. New camps being built on "back 40".

Oakdale - Rex 84 camp capable of holding at least 20,000 people. 90 mi. East of San Francisco.

Terminal Island - (Long Beach) located next to naval shipyards operated by ChiCom shipping interests. Federal prison facility located here. Possible deportation point.

Ft. Irwin - FEMA facility near Barstow. Base is designated inactive but has staffed camp.

McClellan AFB - facility capable for 30,000 - 35,000

Sacramento - Army Depot - No specific information at this time.

Mather AFB - Road to facility is blocked off by cement barriers and a stop sign. Sign states area is restricted; as of 1997 there were barbed wire fences pointing inward, a row of stadium lights pointed toward an empty field, etc. Black boxes on poles may have been cameras.

it's mather!!! detainees to be taken to mather field!! 21.Jun.2003 12:06


dudes, i work at ctb/mcgraw-hill out @ mather field. on thurs. night after work i saw a big group of sac, placer, and eldo county sheriff's officers milling around a former air force hanger/warehouse next to the worldwide flight services building on cordova. there was a captain giving some kind of presentation, and he was definitely talking about the flight hangar. they had a bunch of big sheriff's vans out there, with sac county and placer county lettering on them. there was also - i kid you not - a bunch of guys in combat camo fatigues. mather's still a semi-active base, so they may have been US Army - or maybe just SCS playing dress up. i drove out of the ctb parking lot, and when i saw them i pulled over to get a better look. some of them turned and looked at me so i made like i was looking for my cell and drove off. i was going to join the protests but to heck with that now. i don't want to be dragged out of downtown to some unairconditioned, hellish military air hangar at mather by those thugs in their fascist vans.

Sac Police Threats; intimidation; propaganda 21.Jun.2003 12:46


 http://www.sfbg.com/37/38/news_wto.html - check out this article by Ron Curran, look @ the quote from the Sac Police Dept.:

"We always plan for a worst-case scenario, and we have seen some new faces in town already," Sacramento Police Department sergeant Justin Risley said. "But we hope that if people choose to protest, they do so within the law. If not, they face severe consequences."

the message?: you hippie scum from SF, LA, Oregon, and Seattle ain't welcome in Pig-ramento, and we're gonna kick your ass because we ARE the law. "Severe consequences" to your face is what you're gonna get if you anarchists try that N30 Seattle stuff in MY TOWN.


watch out for police 22.Jun.2003 12:26


As a Sac resident for years , and one active in social services I can tell you that both the county and city police are an out of control force used to getting there own way; if you should be taken to the county jail it is a hellhole ,the cops there are true animals ( there have been many inmate suicides) ...please be careful, Sacramento's finest are a scary bunch!

Sacto police and Sac County Jail 22.Jun.2003 15:06


Sacramento Police are bored as hell and are known for harrassing kids. Unfortunately, they don't have a lot of experience with big protests (they were totally scared and out of control the day after the war started). Sacramento County Jail is one of the worst in the state. SF is summer camp in comparison. Be Aware. Be Careful. Stay Safe So You Can Stay on The Streets All Week. Thanks to all of you who have come out for your first action, and all of you who have travelled to participate.