ACLU News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2009
CONTACT: John Culver, ACLU Cooperating Attorney, 303-716-0254
Mark Silverstein, ACLU Legal Director, 303-777-5482 ext 114
Denver sued for indiscriminate mass arrest during DNC; class action claim also alleges Denver illegally denied arrestees access to attorneys
Just days before the anniversary of a mass arrest that shut down a downtown protest march during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last year, eight Plaintiffs represented by lawyers for the ACLU of Colorado filed suit last evening in Denver District Court against Denver and high-ranking police officials. The Plaintiffs, who include a legal observer for the People’s Law Project (PLP), a journalist, students documenting the march , and peaceful onlookers who observed the march legally from the sidewalks, assert that they were falsely arrested without probable cause and groundlessly prosecuted for crimes they did not commit, in violation of the First and Fourth Amendments.
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This interview with Carlo Garcia, an activist who protested at the DNC, was recorded shortly after his arrest. It has been embargoed until it could be reviewed by his attorney.
Excerpt: "One of the trustees who's an inmate who gets to clean up said that there was a riot, and I was like, no, there hasn't been no riot, it turned out that the police, when everybody got there, had thought that they'd come in to riot. So they all went down there in riot gear. They shut the jail down momentarily, which is crazy. There's a picture of it too, you see all the cops lined up outside the police station-- for Alicia and I. Which is crazy."
Subject: E-News Flash, Please read ASAP!
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2008 23:25:22 +0000
Two important announcements:
1. Meeting to plan post convention party and other agenda items
2. Lawsuit information and request for assistance
1. R-68 will be hosting a short meeting to plan a post cenvention party for radicals in addition to checking in on how the community is doing and what our next steps will be to continue the momentum created during the DNC.
The innuendo and slander against protesters have been piled deep as the trash left by the Dems at Invesco. To date, few of the lies have been publicly challenged. There are a few exceptions, however; Denver Post Columnist Susan Greene has attempted to set the record straight concerning one false accusation. She also comments about the police state impression left on a youngster visiting Denver during the DNC.
[excerpt] "[Denver Police spokesman Sonny] Jackson — the man paid to provide accurate information — told me Tuesday that officers were getting 'spit on' by protesters. Three days later he acknowledged he 'couldn't verify' any spit 'for certain.'
"'It may have been just a rumor,' he admits."
Follow link for Greene's column:
Rolling Thunder, the biannual journal covering anarchist activity and direct action in North America, is seeking submissions for our coverage of the protests at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. If you have access to photos or other documentation, or can write an account of your experiences, please contact us: email@example.com.
News coverage by Erin Rosa can be found here:
The budget ... revealed numerous purchases by the police department that previously had been kept secret. Those expenses included $111,000 for turtle suits worn by officers for riot control, 1,800 ballistic helmets at a cost of $652,000 and $22,000 in flex cuffs as well as $22,000 in riot shields and $37,000 on riot control batons.
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Photographs from the mass detention on Monday, August 25, 2008. More coming, shot on high speed film.