posted on Nov, 23 2004 @ 08:09 AM
"Nearly 2000 protesters were arrested during the GOP convention. They were held in apparently "filthy pens" for longer than the law allows. A
lawsuit has been filed for in response to the arrests. "
This is why the city should'nt've just let them all go. They arrested everyone during the convention to control the crowds, and then let them go
because the convention was over and there was no real concern. If they arrested them, they should've taken them to court, held them in Rikers (thats
what its for, its a holding facility for people awaiting trial) and then prosecuted them fully.
its true that the conditions were unsanatory and illegal
No they weren't. The pics were posted here from one person's digital camera. The holding facility was only questionable in that it supposedly had
asbestos in it. Otherwise it was a large chainlink fence sitting in what effectively was a parking garage. Thats not unsanitary, and these people
weren't innocent. The vast bulk of the ones arrested and sent to that facility were protestors who, not only were protesting outside the permit zone,
had gone into Central Park, which was explicitly and expressly made off limits
. One of the protest organizers, upon being denied a permit to
protest in the park, said that they would just go anyway. Thats not being innocent, its brazen violation of the law, and of course they got sent to
And notice that they are not suing for wrongful arrest, they don't dispute it, nor are they suing about the 'conditions'. They are suing because
they were held in waiting for arraignment for too long.
The Police were following Ashcroft's lead and executing powers in the Patriot Act designed for terrorists only
What in the world are you talking about? The NYPD didn't exercise any of the provisions of the Patriot Act and none of the protestors were arrested,
charged, held or tried as terrorists. They were in violation of their permits, the authority that arrested them and released them was the City.
[edit on 23-11-2004 by Nygdan]