Massive, warrantless raids on peace protesters in Minneapolis, ahead of RNC. – Boing Boing
Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com reports that protesters in Minneapolis, where the Republican National Convention will soon begin, have been subjected to massive, pre-emtpive police raids. Those arrested include members of Food not Bombs, the “RNC Welcoming Committee,” and a group that uses video to protect civil liberties by documenting police activity at first amendment events.
The post at Boing Boing ends with an as-it-happened report from an I-Witness Video staff person describing the bullying tactics of St. Paul police and the probably reason why:
“For those that don’t know, I-Witness Video was remarkably successful in exposing police misconduct and outright perjury by police during the 2004 RNC. Out of 1800 arrests, at least 400 were overturned based solely on video evidence which contradicted sworn statements which were fabricated by police officers. It seems that the house arrest we are now under and the possible threat of the seizure of our computers and video cameras is a result of the 2004 success.”