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The wheels of justice grind slow, but exceedingly fine

Posted by Charles II on May 5, 2010

We may hope that the MinnePaul police rioters will at last have to pay the price for trampling the press during the Republican National convention. From DemocracyNow:

And Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman along with producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar are filing a federal lawsuit– today that challenges the police crackdown on journalists at the Republican National Convention in 2008. The suit is filed against the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, the Ramsey County Sheriff and unidentified Secret Service personnel. The lawsuit challenges the policies and conduct of law enforcement during the RNC that resulted in the arrests, one of dozens among journalists arrested in St. Paul. On the opening day of the convention, Nicole and Sharif were covering a police crackdown on a street protest. Nicole’s camera captured her arrest and assault by the officers.

The lawsuit seeks compensation and an injunction against law enforcement’s unjustified encroachment on First Amendment rights, including freedom of the press and the independence of the media.

Throw the book at ’em, judge.

One Response to “The wheels of justice grind slow, but exceedingly fine”

  1. I wonder how much of the $10 million insurance policy the RNC took out to settle police violence claims is still left.

    An acquaintance of an a acquaintance of mine claims to have known Sideshow Bob Fletcher when he was in college. He allegedly was the leader of a group of arrogant frat boys who got their jollies ganging up on various people — in order words, he apparently hasn’t changed a hair. Of course, this is caveated by being a fourth- or fifth-hand account, so who knows?

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