Police Terrorize Children, Reporters and Other Dangerous Criminals
Federal and local law enforcement officers are literally terrorizing
people in Minneapolis for their thought crimes.
As former constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald wrote
on August 31st:
"We have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do."As Greenwald and others note, those targeted were little old ladies and grandfathers, vegetarians, and other people who are not a threat to anyone.
And as law school professor and President of the well-respected legal group National Lawyers Guild, Marjorie Cohn, writes:
"Local police and sheriffs, working with the FBI, conducted preemptive searches, seizures and arrests. Glenn Greenwald described the targeting of protestors by 'teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.' Journalists were detained at gunpoint and lawyers representing detainees were handcuffed at the scene.Cohn notes that "preventive detention violates the Fourth Amendment" (you're supposed to have a justification for imprisonment, not just thought crimes).
Then today, the police set out to publicly intimidate Americans before any protests had even begun outside the Republican National Convention:
"The brigades of police officers would periodically chant military terms and march around in formation ('Double Time!'), while helicopters hovered overhead and Humvees drove by frequently.Once the protests started, the police fired rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and concussion grenades at protesters, then arrested them en masse.
They also specifically targeted established journalists (and see this) simply for trying to cover the protests. What's next . . . assassinating reporters like the U.S. did in Iraq?
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