Police/Legal/Prisons

DC cop caught driving without lights near Dupont Circle

At about 2:50AM, MPD Seargent Nebel drove MPD cruiser #1213 with all lights turned off on a foot trail between the "P st Beach" or "Black Forest" woods and the tennis courts behind the school. He got there by driving through the school's parking lot, again without lights.

SOA Watch activists facing charges for street mural

SOA Watch Activists Arrested and Charged with “Defacing Public or Private Property” in Washington, DC for Creating a Mural to Commemorate Victims of SOA Violence

Art is Not a Crime - Drop the Charges

SOA Watch video on Vimeo

Anti-torture activists demand closure of GITMO in White House protest

On the 23ed of May, the 1 year anniversary of an Obama speech promising to close Guantanimo Bay, torture survivors and peace activists showed up in front of the White House to call Obama out for this repeatedly broken promise.

Video on Archive.org

White House vigiler tasered for "too many signs" combines many into one giant sign

Video interview with activist tasered by Park Police

On the 13th of April, White House peace vigil participant Barry Knight answered the Park Police decision to taser him for "too many signs" a couple weeks ago by combining as many signs as possible into a single giant sign.

Read 'em and weep, Sgt Reed!

Update: Park Police Tasered activist in March 29 arrest at White House antinuclear vigil

While covering the immigration rights march on 4-25 I was told an ugly piece of news: the US Park Police have returned to their old habit of using Tasers against activists believed to be associated with Occupy. When Barry Knight was confronted by US Park Police on March 29 for "having too many signs" as part of an apparent police attempt to drive off the White House peace vigil, the US Park Police shocked him with a Taser, a potentially lethal weapon, then arrested him.

NYPD tries, fails to prevent video and photos at Robin Hood March

On the 4th of April, a called for "Wave of Action" began with a Robin Hood march in New York City. Just like the security guards at the State Department, the NYPD attempted and failed to bluff photographers and videographers from shooting video and stills. They issued formal police warnings, and photographers called their bluffs, just like at the State Department here in DC. The first photo here was shot by John Zangas in defiance of the NYPD's unlawful threats.

2nd Day of Keystone protests at State Dept-videographers hassled again

Climate First! is calling for daily protests against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline at the US Department of State. Beginning yesterday activists have met at the Foggy Bottom Metro and walked to the State Department to hold signs and give out fliers. On the 2nd of March, security guards again tried to order activists not to videotape them but were rebuffed.

Video of police orders not to video being defied, followed by video interview with one of the activists

Keystone XL protesters at Dept of State harassed by police for videotaping

On April 1, Fossil Fools Day, two activists from Climate First! staged the first of what will be an ongoing, 7 days a week protest in front of the US Dept of State against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. They witnessed police harassing an injured cyclist, and in response security guards claimed falsely that they could not shoot video of them-and that they needed a permit to protest on the sidewalk, which DC law does NOT require.

Video of police harassment

Police arrest White House antinuclear vigiler in continuing campaign of harassment

On the morning of Saturday, March 29th, US Park Police again attacked the 33 year old antinuclear/peace vigil in front of the White House. This time they arrested the person at the vigil on a pretext charge so they could dismantle the vigil.
It didn't work. The activist being arrested (one of many taking relief shifts for Connie) managed to place an emergency phone call and a second relief vigiler was able to reach the scene before the cops could remove the vigil.

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