[Imc-nh] Police Brutality towards non-violent activists at Zeb
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Mon Aug 15 13:31:42 PDT 2005
Police Brutality towards non-violent activists at Zeb Mountain
Reclaiming Appalachia: A Mountain Take Over
Knoxville, TN A group of non-violent protestors, as part of Zeb Mountain
take over by MountainJusticeSummer.org met physical abuse at the hands of
local police this morning at the mine site. After blockades and tripods were
constructed and held down by a group of activists, police pushed down a
tripod with an individual in it. Then the police allowed a company employee
full access to the protestors. The employee proceeded to kick one of the
protestors in the stomach and with the assistance of police shook and moved
a blockade while someone was locked into it resulting in massive bruising up
and down the arms of one individual. The officers then used pain compliance
over and over again on activists who were locked into the blockade.
Finally, the police turned the cutting equipment over to the same employee
who had attacked one of the protestors and allowed him to cut them out.
Members of MountainJusticeSummer.org are calling for Gov. Bredesen to take
action against this company and restore rule of law in our state. Who does
Bredesen work for? asked Monica Moquee. Is he going to allow state police
to act as common thugs for the coal companies or will he work for the
citizens to protect the people and mountains from National Coal.
The coal companies do not respect the laws of our state. said Joe Overton,
a Tennessean of the Cumberland Plateau, First they are polluting our
states waters, in violation of the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act, and
now they are physically abusing those who demonstrate peacefully against
their destructive mining practices.
The Campbell County Police are building a reputation of abuse; just this
year they have already had four members plead guilty to the torture of a
suspect in another case. However MountainJusticeSummer.org states that
they have found most members of Campbell County law enforcement to be very
professional and are shocked by the detestable actions of these rogue
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