Police Response in Twin Cities 'Out of Control'


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

Preemptive Strikes Against Protest at RNC

Free Press Calls for Charges to Be Dropped Against Amy Goodman, Independent Journalists

ACLU Calls For Investigation Into Raids And Mass Arrests At RNC

How The GOP Bought Police 'Tough Tactics' and Political Repression

Democracy Now!: DN! Journalists Facing Charges for Reporting on the Republican National Convention

ACLU Renews Its Call for Investigation Into Civil Liberties Violations at RNC

The Party Police


Militarized St. Paul

Czarist America


Looking at America's Police State

By Timothy V. Gatto

Our leaders have no conscience, and hatch their schemes and plan for conquest, while millions of us wait for a chance to change this nation's direction. Sadly, for all of us that are truly paying attention, we see that real change is only a mirage.


Police, National Guard, Fire Tear Gas Into Protest Group

By Pioneer Press staff - Includes video

Local police and Minnesota National Guard units are using a combination of pepper spray, concussion grenades and tear gas on a group of breakaway protesters gathered on Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul. The group of about 150 protesters, many thought to be with the group "Funk the War," had been blocking traffic for much of the afternoon.


Anti War Protester Offers Flower To Police

Pepper Sprayed As Thank You.


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Amy Goodman Arrested at Republican National Convention


Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department. Charged with conspiracy to riot. Footage from Rick Rowley and Brandon Jourdan.


Where Protest Is Terrorism

RNC 8 Charged as Terrorists Under State Patriot Act

By Bruce Nestor

"The charges represent an abuse of the criminal justice system and seek to intimidate any person organizing large scale public demonstrations potentially involving civil disobedience, he said."



Marches continue

Minneapolis Star Tribune


A third day of rallies outside the Republican National Convention took aim at the plight of the poor. Police and marchers clashed again, but arrests were way down. A vocal group of demonstrators took to the streets of St. Paul again Tuesday evening, voicing their anger about economic justice issues on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention. The number of protesters and arrests were way down from the 10,000 who marched and the nearly 300 who were arrested Monday, but police and demonstrators did clash briefly. Trading choruses of ‘Who’s streets? [sic] Our streets,’ more than 500 people started marching at Mears Park through downtown before their numbers swelled at the Capitol. The march ended near the Xcel Energy Center about 8 p.m., but hundreds of stragglers disbanded only after police fired smoke bombs and concussive grenades...


Raiding democracy in St. Paul


by Marjorie Cohn


In the months leading up to the Republican National Convention, the FBI-led Minneapolis Joint Terrorist Task Force actively recruited people to infiltrate vegan groups and other leftist organizations and report back about their activities. On May 21, the Minneapolis City Pages ran a recruiting story called ‘Moles Wanted.’ Law enforcement sought to preempt lawful protest against the policies of the Bush administration during the convention. Since Friday, local police and sheriffs, working with the FBI, conducted preemptive searches, seizures and arrests...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The message of the militarized convention cities

UFPPC statement: On the arrest of journalists at the 2008 RNC in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Silencing the Town Crier

Leslie Griffith, Truthout: "Amy Goodman, who hosts one of the rare alternative news programs in the country, 'Democracy Now,' is not known for attracting attention to herself. She is not a Bill O'Reilly, shouting and screaming at anyone who disagrees. She is a journalist who loves diverse voices and putting events into perspective - helping American citizens get the information they need to make informed decisions. Yesterday, Goodman witnessed and experienced something very frightening that likely was not mentioned on your local news."


Why We Were Falsely Arrested

Amy Goodman, Truthdig: "Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists. I was arrested with my two colleagues, 'Democracy Now!' producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, while reporting on the first day of the RNC. I have been wrongly charged with a misdemeanor. My co-workers, who were simply reporting, may be charged with felony riot."


Police Arrest 200 in March on GOP Convention, Including Journalists

Ryan J. Foley and Martiga Lohn, The Associated Press: "Police surrounded and arrested about 200 protesters Thursday night after a lengthy series of marches and sit-ins timed to coincide with Sen. John McCain's acceptance of the Republican Party's nomination for president. Caught up in the clash were several reporters assigned to cover the event, including Amy Forliti and Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press. Officers ordered them to sit on the pavement on a bridge over Interstate 94 and to keep their hands over their heads as they were led away two at a time."



Arrested at the RNC

Amy Goodman talks about being detained at the RNC.

The right to assembly

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing dozens of protestors arrested at the RNC.




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