In addition to tear gas, pepper spray, smoke grenades, rubber bullets and batons, police at the RNC have used explosive percussion grenades against protesters. [pictures inside]
Photographs from the mass detention on Monday, August 25, 2008. More coming, shot on high speed film.
A local Denver activist is attempting to organize an MMA-style charity fight pitting police officers against hard-headed activists. Proceeds would apparently be donated to the People's Law Group as a showing of solidarity for those now caught up with legal trouble after being arrested during protest events at the DNC.
Rocky Mountain News video: Police seize demonstrators' property
Police seized property at a demonstrators' building know as the Convergence Center. Protesters use the site to create banners and to network with each other.
August 27, 2008
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Channel 9 News has quoted an activist who states that police tried, and failed, to obtain a warrant to search the Convergence Center.
[excerpt] "Matt Kellegrew, an activist who says he watched police arrive at the building, says officers tried to get a warrant, citing wooden poles and bricks found outside as weapons. Kellegrew says officers grew angry when a phone call seeking that warrant was fruitless."
From the Rocky Mountain News:
BRIGHTON BOULEVARD -- Two people were arrested and the equipment used to make banners was seized after police raided a center used by activists on the 4300 block of Brighton Blvd.
Witnesses associated with the center said that police approached sometime around noon. A person was repairing a bus outside. Witnesses said police claimed the bus was located on the property of a nearby railroad. When a person outside tried to warn others inside of the officers approach, he was yanked off the steps, witnesses said. Beside those arrested, two others are also being visibly detained for small period of time.
Temp holding area described for RNC arrestees
[excerpt] ST. PAUL, Minn. - Demonstrators arrested on misdemeanor charges at the Republican National Convention could end up in a temporary holding area near the county jail, where they would get food and drink and likely be processed in just a few hours, officials said Tuesday.
"What was frightening to me, if they were supposed to be there to protect, I want to know who they were protecting" --Democratic Delegate Wanda Willingham