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Katherine Krassan is a middle-aged mom from suburban New Jersey, not a Bush-hating protester.
But cops swarmed around Krassan and everyone else outside Ground Zero when a demonstration got out of hand. The terrified suburbanite tried to run into a PATH station, but cops grabbed her, ignored her cries of innocence and arrested her.
She spent the next 24 hours behind bars, panicked because she couldn't reach her teenage son back home in Eastampton, N.J. "I've never been so scared in my life," said Krassan, 49. "I was just an innocent bystander. ... I never thought anything like this could ever happen to me."
Press Gallery: Security Guards Caused Moore Disruption
By Joe Strupp
Published: September 02, 2004 1:45 PM EST
NEW YORK Security guards at the Republican National Convention overreacted when USA Today guest columnist Michael Moore entered Madison Square Garden Monday night and were responsible for a disruption that made it difficult for several members of the press, including Moore, to cover the proceedings, said the U.S. House Daily Press Gallery, which oversees press credentials for the convention.
The gallery conducted a review of the Monday incident, which it calls the worst case of police media control since the 1968 Chicago convention.
"It was heavy-handed. They were very highly over-reactive," said Jerry Gallegos, superintendent of the gallery. "That is what made the whole situation far worse than it needed to be."
Originally posted by Djarums
You have to understand the police are responsible for the city's well being, for the safety of its residents, for their own safety, AND for the safety of the protesters too.
By Dave Barry
Knight Ridder Newspapers
NEW YORK Ė This is turning out to be WAY more exciting than the Democratic convention. At the Democratic convention, the only dramatic tension came from wondering, when you went to a party, whether Ben Affleck would be there, or Ben Affleck plus a Baldwin brother.
But here in New York, a LOT of stuff is happening. Maybe too much stuff. This is what I was thinking when I was having my right kidney probed by a billy club, at the other end of which was a New York City police officer the size of a Humvee.
This happened in Herald Square at rush hour. On hand for the festivities were hundreds of slogan-shouting protesters, hundreds of police, hundreds of media people, the occasional Republican delegate with the facial expression of a gerbil realizing it has just been set down inside a python cage, and 3.6 million New York City residents who just wanted to get on the damn subway and go home.
I was standing with a clot of media people observing this scene when a bunch of protesters started moving toward an area where the police didnít want them to be. Unfortunately, this put my clot directly between the protesters and the police, and suddenly a dozen officers, including Officer Humvee, came charging at us shouting MOVE MOVE MOVE.
Except I couldnít move, because I was already pressed up against a dense wad of protesters and camera guys. I was trapped, a slice of luncheon meat in a mob sandwich. I wanted to shout: ďIím not a protester! Iím a professional journalist, here for the free food and liquor!Ē But all I could say was, quote, ďoog,Ē which is the sound you make when you think maybe you are experiencing kidney puncture.
Fortunately just then the protesters lunged off in a different direction, and I escaped. I took refuge in the doorway of a Burger King with Mike Luckovich, who is a cartoonist. (In dangerous situations, you always want to be with a cartoonist, because if something bad happens, he can draw a funny picture of it.)
Mike and I witnessed a dramatic confrontation: A lone, courageous police officer faced an entire sidewalk full of commuters and told them he could not let them through to their subway station. Now if this had happened in, say, Des Moines, the crowd would have peacefully dispersed, because (a) Iowans are low-key, and (b) Des Moines has no subway.
But these were New Yorkers, and every single one of them felt the need to loudly criticize, in the strongest possible terms, the police, the protesters, the city of New York, the Bush administration and humanity in general. Finding the police officer unresponsive, some of them began voicing their complaints to Mike and me, huddled in the Burger King doorway. They apparently believed we had some authority, because we both had credentials around our necks. Mine was a press credential; Mikeís was the ďDO NOT DISTURBĒ sign from his hotel.
Anyway, the point here is that this has been a trying experience for the city of New York and its wonderful (although a tad loud) people. They deserve our sympathy, not just because of the inconveniences caused by the convention, but also because Tuesday night the vaunted New York Yankees got their overpaid butts kicked by Cleveland TWENTY-TWO TO NOTHING HAHAHAHAHAHA.
Speaking of things best left unmentioned, here is todayís:
UPDATE ON THE BASELESS PUBLISHED REPORTS THAT REP. DAVID DREIER HAD CARNAL RELATIONS WITH A LLAMA: These reports remain totally baseless; please continue to disregard them. Thank you.
They got stale cheese sandwiches to eat and a night on the hard floor of Pier 57, dubbed Guantanamo on the Hudson.
Julia Gross, 20, was upset over getting arrested for protesting and even more steamed over the rash she got from lying on the motor oil-stained floor of Pier 57. But what drove her over the edge was when cops piped the New Age music of Enya into a holding cell.
"It was really degrading and upsetting," said Gross, a student from Philadelphia.
Originally posted by marg6043
Yes the police are responsible of the well being of bush and his party convention, yeah I get the picture, and everybody else is just a "terrorist"
This is what the administration wants to instigate fear in the regular citizens of this country.
[edit on 2-9-2004 by marg6043]