Thursday, December 22, 2005

NYC Police Used the False Arrest of an Undercover Agent Posing As an Activist to Provoke and Arrest Others at Last Year's RNC

"Another arrest that appeared to be a sham changed the dynamics of a demonstration. On Aug. 30, 2004, during the Republican National Convention, a man with vivid blond hair was filmed as he stood on 23rd Street, holding a sign at a march of homeless and poor people. A police lieutenant suddenly moved to arrest him. Onlookers protested, shouting, "Let him go." In response, police officers in helmets and with batons pushed against the crowd, and at least two other people were arrested.

The videotape shows the blond-haired man speaking calmly with the lieutenant. When the lieutenant unzipped the man's backpack, a two-way radio could be seen. Then the man was briskly escorted away, unlike others who were put on the ground, plastic restraints around their wrists. And while the blond-haired man kept his hands clasped behind his back, the tape shows that he was not handcuffed or restrained.

The same man was videotaped a day earlier, observing the actress Rosario Da"wson as she and others were arrested on 35th Street and Eighth Avenue as they filmed "This Revolution," a movie that used actual street demonstrations as a backdrop. At one point, the blond-haired man seemed to try to rile bystanders.

After Ms. Dawson and another actress were placed into a police van, the blond-haired man can be seen peering in the window. According to Charles Maol, who was working on the film, the blond-haired man is the source of a voice that is heard calling: "Hey, that's my brother in there. What do you got my brother in there for?" "

2 Thoughts:

Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Merry Christmas to all you Cyberpolers!!
I haven't dropped in for awhile and I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday season.

Thursday, December 22, 2005 3:15:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

You too, Merry Holidays to you and yours.

Thursday, December 22, 2005 8:57:00 PM  

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