Thursday, August 28, 2008

DNC Homeland Insecurity: Police Abuses Ramping Up at Convention

As the Democra[tic] National Convention enters its final day, fears of police overreach with the Crushing of Dissent and the Stifling of Free Speech and the arresting and the hitting and the tazering (flaaaven!) are already being realized. Here in Minneapolis, we are already hearing breathless, pearl-clutching reports from totally "independent" "media" "outlets" of Glorious Citizen Journalists getting hounded by The Man:

On Saturday evening, six people were detained in downtown St. Paul. The group was allegedly photographed, patted down and had its belongings searched without permission. They also said they were asked if they were “militant protesters or anarchists.” (See MnIndy’s coverage, including The UpTake’s video, here.)


Three independent journalists from New York City were detained near a bus stop at 27th and Washington St. NE and their reporter’s notes, cameras and computers confiscated. The Minneapolis Police Department initially told the trio that they were stopped because police were investigating several car break-ins in the area. By the end of the detention, the police said “homeland security” concerns and trespassing in a rail yard were the reason they were stopped.

Despicable. Why are Republicans afraid of Citizen Journalists?

And now, today, we learn of this:

Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Horrendous! Why are Democra[tics] afraid of citizen actual journalists? Who are filming a public spectacle on a public sidewalk? As opposed to trespassing in a rail yard? Sentence fragments?

As the Twin Cities' foremost Citizen Professional Quarterback, I am ill-equipped to answer these questions. But perhaps some intelligent independent Citizen Secret Service Agent can drop us a clue in the comments.

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