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Police Harass WTO protesters

Apparently the police do not consider themselves to be the only suspicious, militant looking force lurking the streets of Sacramento. When activists were given citations for jaywalking Thursday the 19th, two things became apparent. First of all, freedom of speech means nothing if dissenters are intimidated into silence. Second of all, the police obviously consider this movement threatening. Those impacted do not know whether to be angry or flattered.
After a 25 hour greyhound trip from Denver, WTO activists Josh and Sarah stepped off of the hot bus, sleepy and grumpy, yet elated to have finally reached their destination. Their first impression of Sacramento was a positive one, as they happened to stumble upon a vibrant and well - organized Justice for Janitors rally. However, this first impression was going to soon change.

The two activists were walking north bound on 12th street, when they were stopped by un-uniformed police officers. At first, they reacted with alarm. However, they were instantly put at ease when they saw that the officer demanding to search their belongings had a "hang loose" T-shirt, and exhibited a laid back, friendly demeanor. This officer, in his "cool cop" way, nonchalantly asked if they were carrying anything that might explode if he touched it. You know... bombs, guns, the "basic protesting gear". The cop's concern for his own security from potential activist bombers reminded the two protesters that post September 11th security bills really have set America's priorities straight.

After searching the protesters and writing them citations, the officers wished them a happy vacation, then drove away, to continue the important job of keeping the streets free of dissenters. As the two walked away, they expressed outrage at the intimidation tactics of the Sacramento police.

Because these cops were so cool and easy-going, the activists thought that their names and badge numbers should be posted, just in case anyone wants to call Officer Van Dusen badge number 799 and Officer Morrison, badge number 214, just to hang out or grab a cup of coffee.

homepage: homepage: http://www.biotechimc.org/or/2003/06/214.shtml

pictures 21.Jun.2003 18:51

xxx

any pictures of pre-actions by the cops in the streets of sac?

pictures of the seedball raid 21.Jun.2003 19:02

indy volunteer

Pictures of the dawn raid in which the seedballs were seized can be found here:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266757.shtml

million laws = police state 22.Jun.2003 11:59

grok3us

welcome to the police state of sacramento california, just like denver colorado where you came from. want laws? we've got trillions of 'em. those grubby kids look like protestors? the cops can just find a law, apply it, search them, intimidate them, run them for warrants, demand id . . . fine them. if jaywalking don't work, vagrancy or disturbing the peace will do the trick . . . and even if they're just walking from the bus station, the cops can always just confront them and lie about it later. what are you gonna do about it? move to sacramento for 2 years to pursue a civil rights case? and how can you prove anything when it's your word vs. the cops? check it out:

"A favorite ploy of modern-day statists is to make so many laws that virtually any person can be arrested at any time." - David Smith, a technology professional and writer for anti-state.com

oh yeah, and thanks to that pig SCALIA for this:

"Petitioners urge as an extraordinary factor in this case that the "multitude of applicable traffic and equipment regulations" is so large and so difficult to obey perfectly that virtually everyone is guilty of violation, permitting the police to single out almost whomever they wish for a stop. But we are aware of no principle that would allow us to decide at what point a code of law becomes so expansive and so commonly violated that infraction itself can no longer be the ordinary measure of the lawfulness of enforcement. And even if we could identify such exorbitant codes, we do not know by what standard (or what right) we would decide, as petitioners would have us do, which particular provisions are sufficiently important to merit enforcement.

For the run of the mine case, which this surely is, we think there is no realistic alternative to the traditional common law rule that probable cause justifies a search and seizure. "

---Whren et al. v. United States, 517 U.S. 806 (1996)

.....so basically, the state can just overwhelm us with "exorbitant codes" a million pages long, so virtually everyone at all times is guilty of some infraction, and the cops can harass and arrest whoever, whenever they want.... especially when the corporate statist status quo is under attack.


remember, with direct action we're talking about the state: the rulers, and "resistance" and "dissent" threaten the state. this isn't play time. this is war -- for freedom, for free speech, for the constitution. i wasn't gonna go to sacramento, but to hell with that, i'm on my way now. i hope to meet the heroic denver "jaywalkers" and everyone else who opposes the pigs. let the pigs arrest us all and prove to the world that the US ain't the free country the state claims it is.