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.