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Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC

Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now! Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC
Contact Mayor Coleman's office here:  https://mn-stpaul.civicplus.com/forms.asp?FID=69

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www.democracynow.org

September 1, 2008

Contact:
Dennis Moynihan
Mike Burke



ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar 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 Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman's office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0).

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 Amenmdent rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.

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 is a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists from the nation's leading independent news outlet.

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.

Video of Amy Goodman's Arrest:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

she got released 01.Sep.2008 21:33

friend of the show

Word has it that Goodman is out of jail but I haven't seen anything about the others. Look around at the various sites, we'll know soon enough. Don't hesitate to call the jail if you have any questions.

Call the Above Numbers 01.Sep.2008 22:40

Support Democracy Now Staff as Well as Amy Goodman -- Call

Twin Cities is one of most "blue" liberal cities between Boston and Portland (Oregon)...Americans need to support freedom of the press and stand with the elements in the Minneapolis area that would oppose fascist repression of political descent. Progessive elements are undoubtably within the city government and even the police department...but to strenthen their hand, the rogue actions of baton happy cops need to be called on.

Very Curious? ... 01.Sep.2008 23:17

Tracy Mapes news1st@hotmail.com

If you review the Arrest Video of Amy Goodman, the Cameraman/Woman? is directed
by the arresting Officers, and told not to cross this line or you will be subject
to arrest?

The Arrest footage is made up of two shots.

The First: Amy being taken into custody. The camera pans left far enough to see the
detainment van? Here, in this shot the order is given to stay back under threat of
arrest?

Move to shot Two: Camera Two re-engages Amy's route to the detainment van and is
allowed to follow her all the way up to entry of the van.

Why were the two people in tow allowed to follow her to the van? Without being arrested?
If they weren't arrested for an incursion into the disputed area? What would justify the
Police order? Or, the continuance of proceeding with the arrest of Amy Goodman?

Selective Enforcement?

Someone who was there would have to confirm who was allowed access? Or denied.


Journalist & Videographers arrested 01.Sep.2008 23:48

Joe Anybody

How bad will it get
here are two links regarding arrests at the RNC

Amy Goodman::
 link to www.alternet.org

Video Activists::
 link to www.alternet.org

They're out 02.Sep.2008 00:11

anon

They're all out according to the DN site. I look forward to tomorrow's broadcast!

 http://www.democracynow.org/

Update: DN crew released 02.Sep.2008 00:29

friend

from DemocracyNow.org:

September 01, 2008

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



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September 1, 2008

Contact: Mike Burke

UPDATE

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.

Video of Amy Goodman's Arrest:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ