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A marine veteran was arrested for protesting at a pro-union rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In the video, you can see a cop starts to manhandle the protester "for his own good" because the cop seemed to feel the man was going to "get his ass kicked" by the rowdy crowd.
I guess the cop figured why wait for someone else to accost him, so he took matters into his own hands and accosted him himself.
Eventually, after dragging the man a few feet arbitrarily in one direction, the cop lets him go.
The man then has the audacity to state he has a right to protest, and he dares to tell the cop he has no right to lay his hands on him.
Note, this whole time he is pointing his finger at the cop somewhat aggressively.
The cop didn't appreciate being told what he can or cannot do, so he came back and manhandled him again just to show him who's boss.
"You don't put your hand out away from my face or you're going to get out of here," the cop states eloquently.
The cop then decided to use the man's gesturing as a pretext to detain him again.
Milwaukee Police cited a protester at a rally at which former President Bill Clinton appeared this morning at Pere Marquette Park.
David B. Willoughby, 39, of West Allis, was issued a municipal citation for disorderly conduct when he refused to comply with Milwaukee Police orders to step back from his location where he was waving a large wooden pole with a sign mounted on it. Given his proximity to Mayor Tom Barrett and other dignitaries, officers believed he posed a threat with the large sign and was asked to move back. He was told he was allowed to protest, and the officer understood his right to protest, but he needed to move from the line where the Mayor and other dignitaries were standing. He failed to comply. He was arrested, issued a citation and was released.
Before the incident, one of the rally organizers approached the police officer asking that Willoughby be removed as he said the protester was an unwelcome guest. The officer informed the organizer that Pere Marquette is a public park and that Willoughby had the right to be present there. Additionally, the same officer ordered a man who was shouting at Willoughby before the arrest in an extremely agitated fashion, to calm down and to walk away. The man did.
Stern claims that the bigger threat comes from global Wal-Mart-like players from France and Britain. Companies such as food-service giant Sodexho are largely unionized in France, but in the United States and Canada, where the company has more than 100,000 workers, they have fought union organizing efforts. So Stern went airborne and launched the idea of a global union alliance that would force the company to respect the same workforce standards here as in France. Sodexho, Stern reasons, would be less able to pound down wages here if it faced picket lines in Paris. The tactic has worked. Sodexho has come to the bargaining table.
He recently went to Beijing, China for talks with union leaders there, and talks openly about going to India on an information gathering tour to address companies that are outsourcing work there. But unlike his AFL-CIO counterparts, Stern is not waving a flag of protectionism. His message is about standards. Im no Marxist, he says. Im a Farrellista big fan of McKinsey economist Diana Farrells globalization theories.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by Nspekta
Yeah im not entirely buying into the reason for his arrest. He was holding a large sign and was to close to the dignitaries?
It sounds to me like he was arrested and cited solely to protect him from the crowd, you did not seem overly friendly towards him. I understand the need to be vigilant to protect people but arresting them to remove them from the "danger", imo, should never have occured.