A Particle reads Massive, warrantless raids on peace protesters in Minneapolis, in advance of RNC, which links over to a story at Boing Boing.
From August 30, 2008: Something Very Bad is Happening in the Twin Cities
Early reports are flooding in of what sound - at first blush - as police state tactics designed to disrupt and intimidate anyone who authorities think might be protesting — peacefully — at the Republican National Convention.
From August 31, 2008: More On Twin Cities - Developing
Bruce Nestor, chapter President of the Minnesota National Lawyers Guild, was present at both locations during the execution of the search warrants. “Police seized political literature, cellphones, computers, cameras, personal diaries, and many common household items such as paint, rope, and roofing nails. These items are present in almost any home in south Minneapolis and are not evidence of a crime,” said Nestor. “Seizing boxes of political literature shows the motive of these raids was political. Sheriff Fletcher has staged a publicity stunt, violated constitutional rights, and misrepresented what was seized during the raids,” he said. Another raid was carried out the evening before on a political meeting hall in St. Paul. Inventory sheets for that raid show that no contraband items were taken. Literature, computers, maps of St. Paul, and banners were the vast majority of the items seized.
Update 4:07 pacific: Lindsay has just called in about an arrest near the bridge - somebody being arrested here - cops are making racist remarks to the guy they are arresting using fake spanish to him and knocking off a hat he was wearing. Lindsay didn’t see a cause for the arrest - just turned around and he was on the ground. As we were talking, she could see them dragging him across the road and a nearby motorcycle cop started taunting Lindsay to “take more pictures - Greetings from the great southwest!” while pointing to his badge.
Just confirmed - Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and two reporters have been arrested in St Paul. (Audio - both raw from the arrest and then a report on it available here.)
Which leads to: Amy Goodman Detained
Getting word as it plays — Amy Goodman and two other crew from DemocracyNow! are being detained by police for “probable cause for riot (?).” Happening now — just got word. Phoned in to other DN! crew to see what we can do. Waiting to hear if it’s an arrest or “detained.” Should have a report on the live broadcast later today. Police scene here over the top. We chased the raids all day Saturday and I’ll blog about some of that later. Meanwhile, in phone contact with DN! and if any help is needed behind the scenes, we’re there.