September 3rd, 2008


More on Elliot, Jason, and Riyanna

Some further information: Jason was tasered seven times while lying unresisting in the street, then beaten; Elliot was pulled from his bike, beaten in the street so badly he coughed blood all night, and then tasered and beaten again in jail. Riyanna is still in jail, but at last report was OK and with the other women.

Starhawk writes: "Good news—Elliot is out and is being taken to the wellness center. He can walk, with support, and we’ll make sure he gets good care and love, Starhawk"

And also:

UPDATE: Hi folks--not so much action today, but lots of really bad stuff is happening in the jail.

We're asking people to continue to call three people:

Mayor Chris Coleman 651-266-8510

Sheriff Bob Fletcher 651-266-9333

Ramsey County Chief Judge Gearin 651-266-8266

Head of the Ramsey County Jail: Ryan O'Neill 651-266-9350

On the good side, some progress is being made toward getting the bus back. Update on all that later. Thanks for all the calls and support, Starhawk

Firedoglake's coverage of the RNC protests and police violence

The blog Firedoglake has had extensive coverage of the Republican National Convention protests and the police violence there. They have some folks out on the streets, and they quote, among others, Starhawk, Indy Media, and the Coldsnap Legal Collective defending the arrestees. I wish it was the New York Times -- but it's a national audience, and that's a start.

Here are some links, latest first. The site is very slow at the moment (Sept 3 2009, 11:24 pm EST).

Ramsey County's Contempt For Justice: Tell Them To Stop The Torture And Restore The Rule Of Law
Eight RNC Protesters Face State Terrorism Charges
The Deeply Broken American Police System
Former FBI Agent and ACLU Counsel: St. Paul Police Behavior Is 'Frightening'
Activist Groups Deplore Police Brutality During RNC
Police Gas Docile Crowd Outside the RNC
Live from the Streets of St Paul: Tear Gas and Horses
Media Misconstrue Peaceful RNC Protest
How The Secret Service Turned Into the Stasi
At Least 284 RNC Protesters Arrested
Video: Amy Goodman's Arrest
Amy Goodman Arrested - UpTake Team Avoids Arrest, Tear Gas Being Used On Children
Violence Breaks Out At RNC Protest in Minneapolis (VIDEO)
Voices from the Streets of St Paul
Breaking: Pepper Spray and Rubber Bullets in the Streets
So Who are These Oh So Scary People in the Streets of St. Paul?
Connecting the Dots on the Minnesota Police State
BREAKING: FBI, ATF, and St. Paul Police Massing at 1162 Juliet Ave.
Bringing the War Home?
Two Of Today's Nine Arrestees Released As NLG Attempting To Have Judge Rule On Probable Cause For The 6 Arrested Yesterday
Breaking: As Police Mass Downtown and 9 More People Are Arrested, Legal Groups File Emergency Motion to Stop Cell and Camera Seizures During RNC
Habeas Corpus in Ramsey County, MN
Press and Politicians Silent in the Face of the RNC Police Harrasment and Snatch Squads Speaks Louder Than Words
The History of Breaking Up Protests Before They Can Happen, How Cops Have Spent Years Squashing the Right to Assembly and Free Speech
RNC Stasi Sweeps: A Bob Fletcher Special?
6 People Charged and Cops Seizing Computers, Because Computers=Bombs, I Guess
More Protesters Arrested in the Twin Cities
Inside an RNC Raid
VIDEO: "Food Not Bombs" Protesters Raided in Minneapolis