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“The St. Paul City Attorney’s office announced Friday it will not prosecute Democracy Now! journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also issued a statement Friday that “the city will decline to prosecute misdemeanor charges for presence at an unlawful assembly for journalists arrested during the Republican National Convention.”
“Upon learning of the news, Democracy Now! Host, Amy Goodman said, “It’s good that these false charges have finally been dropped, but we never should have been arrested to begin with. These violent and unlawful arrests disrupted our work and had a chilling effect on the reporting of dissent. Freedom of the press is also about the public’s right to know what is happening on their streets. There needs to be a full investigation of law enforcement activities during the convention.”
Originally posted by realshanti
reply to post by Mad Binxx
You go boy!!! clearly you have never had any real experience with the arm of the state or ever made your voice heard outside of your armchair...so holding a banner in the street on a corner or sitting in a park is unlawful assembly in your world???.... please....read your constitution and get back to me....
Here's another fact witnessed with my own eyes and experienced by me: Police tell you to disperse - you disperse - Police then go after you, beat you to the ground, and arrest you.....hmmmm... you had no weapon, you were complying with the officers request.. so what could be the motive for the arrest...???? Your POLITICS....and your unmitigated gaul to make your opinion public and voice it on the street no less...Blasphemy!!!!....
Originally posted by Trustnoone1987
........... but as a poster said earlier people hold the police in such high regard it makes things difficult.
Originally posted by Tgautier13
Remember people, protesting against the Feds will do nothing. It starts with your District, then your State.
And to this I say we're talking about apples and oranges. We live in a much different place then Rosa Parks.
but obviously your vision is blurred when it comes to what you -should- be doing when a police officer tells you to leave the premises.
Anywhere else and they would have been locked up as political prisoners, and in extreme cases, those some ought 800 misdemeanor charges would be some ought 800 public executions
Originally posted by EtSolveMundi
Those Northern Irish would be tear-gassed, taken down, and handcuffed in a warehouse should they try that in America. Peaceful protest is always extolled and violent protest is always demonized, but virtually no one still believes that peaceful protest can accomplish anything. If you pick up a rock at a protest nowadays you'll wake up with a hell of a headache sitting in a holding cell. What other options are there?
Originally posted by Seaman_Richie
I would have loved to arrest some of these people myself, time to teach the people who's in charge in this country.
POWER TO THE GOVERNMENT!!!!!
Originally posted by Mad Binxx
reply to post by realshanti
Ah, once more. The system does work. You make it seem like the 'Fed' is one man, and that you must cry out to him. 'He' does not exist, in that sense. What you want to do is exactly what you said. Your House Rep, your Senator will listen to you, and when they're flooded with hundreds of letters(that are actually written by sincere people, and not mass produced by a single entity) They listen.
If you're responsible in your words you can even cross party lines and write to the people that, in a way, don't represent you. It the noise that gets muffled. The empty can rattles the most.
The things we litterally can do nothing about? When the President crosses lines and boundries set by congress. House still votes, and if its passed it moves to the Senate. The President decides. And your petty protesting wont sway him, whether he's part of the NWO scheme or 'not'.
Ahh, so many things are wrong. But people need to wake up. What they're doing is not working, and to keep crying about it isn't helping either. We all want the same thing, but we're too busy arguing to notice. Even then, you have to ask...Will we always be divided like this? Good, hard logic is lacking in this country...