RNC Protestors will be tried together
Good, I hope the prosecution completely falls on its ass over this case, which has been a joke from the start. The militaristic iron hand which was felt in St. Paul last year was the most terrifying thing I have ever seen in my entire life, and I never want to see it again. Yes, I was there to witness this travesty of justice.
The trials of the so-called RNC 8 — eight people charged with conspiring to riot during last year’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul — will be consolidated into one, under an order by Ramsey County District Judge Teresa Warner.
And just to make sure no one has forgotten the magnitude of these injustices, or if you never heard of the story at all, read these stories and all of their updates.
Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.
Following up on this weekend’s extreme raids on various homes, at least 250 people were arrested here today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beginning last night, St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city be, even more so than Manhattan in the week of 9/11 — with troops of federal, state and local law enforcement agents marching around with riot gear, machine guns, and tear gas cannisters, shouting military chants and marching in military formations. Humvees and law enforcement officers with rifles were posted on various buildings and balconies. Numerous protesters and observers were tear gassed and injured.
Perhaps most extraordinarily, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now — the radio and TV broadcaster who has been a working journalist for close to 20 years — was arrested on the street and charged with “conspiracy to riot.”
You have no idea how much that pisses me off. And I’m a Republican. ::cue reader’s head explosion ala Scanners::
Have it good,
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