[imc-st.louis] Fwd: MINNEAPOLIS POLICE TARGET AND OBSTRUCT INDEPENDENT PRESS COVERAGE IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
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Mon Sep 1 16:28:47 PDT 2008
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Subject: [IMC-US] MINNEAPOLIS POLICE TARGET AND OBSTRUCT INDEPENDENT
PRESS COVERAGE IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 07:56:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: knight0440 at yahoo.com
Reply-To: knight0440 at yahoo.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Olivia 646.361.1986 Olivia [at] glassbeadcollective.org
Vlad 917.650.2486 Vlad [at] glassbeadcollective.org
Eileen Clancey 646.944.1181 iwitness [at] iwitnessvideo.info
MINNEAPOLIS POLICE TARGET AND OBSTRUCT INDEPENDENT PRESS COVERAGE IN THE
DAYS LEADING UP TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Repeated attacks on the civil liberties of independent press and
activists before and during the election process emerge as a pattern
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (August 30, 2008) – FBI and Minneapolis police
continue attacks on independent journalists in the days leading up to
the Republican National Convention, obstructing coverage of important
concurrent events. On Saturday morning an FBI officer and a chief deputy
from the Douglas County Sheriff’s dept. along with approximately 30 St.
Paul police officers bearing firearms, tasers, pepper spray and at least
one AR-15 surrounded a house where members of I-Witness Video Collective
and journalist Elizabeth Press from Democracy Now were meeting. National
Lawyer’s Guild Legal Observer Sarah Coffey was detained in handcuffs
outside the building while acting as a liaison with the police.
Occupants of the building did not consent to a search and were forced to
lock themselves in the building. At approximately 3:00 p.m. (CDT) police
officers tried to serve a warrant that had the wrong address. After
being denied entry they stormed the
building through the attic by gaining access to an adjacent property.
The warrant covered all of journalistic equipment including privileged
notes, computers, cameras, video tapes and communication devices. People
inside were forcefully detained, photographed and police made a record
of their names and addresses. After a 45 minute search the police
released all detainees and left without seizing any of the equipment.
Five other members of I-Witness video who were not present at the house
were also simultaneously detained. Three of them detained as they were
riding their bicycles a mile away from the scene of the search and the
other two as they were driving in a car. The three-hour detainment
stopped the media group from documenting three other raids happening
simultaneously against activist groups in Minneapolis and St Paul.
This follows an incident from earlier this week when three members of
Glass Bead Collective were illegally detained and had their equipment
and notes confiscated by the Minneapolis police.
I-Witness Video is an independent media group using video to protect
civil liberties. During the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC,
video evidence provided by I-Witness Video exonerated 400 arrestees by
exposing lies stated by the NYPD in sworn legal affidavits.
Video of the incident and search warrant:
High quality H264 download available on request
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