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NY Times Article regarding arrests at convention

Article from Today's Times states that of the 1806 arrests made at the convention 1,670 cases that have run their full course and 91 percent of those ended with the charges dismissed or with a verdict of not guilty after trial. Much of this is thanks to the large volume of video tape recordings of the incidents. One particular case was dismissed after it was discovered that the prosecutor's office had edited a tape taking out parts of an arrest that contradicted their account. Amazing! Quotes in the article from representatives of the police department are enough to make one's blood curdle. Here it is April and this is just coming out. Slow grind the wheels of justice, especially when the outcome makes justice system look so bad.

Jenna at the Poor People's March

spoke to Jenna who is in the field at the Poor Peoples' March at the
UN.  As of 5:00 PM the rally was still going in preparation for
the march.  Police presence was quite apparent and they seemed
ready to do their level best with several paddy wagons ready for the
protesters.  Jenna said that many of these porotesters were deaf
and she wondeered how the authorities might deal with that issue. 
Just got another call from Jenna as I write this.  She said things
have heated up a bit.  She and some fellow protesters were pushed
onto the side walk away from the rally itself and that clearly the cops
were waiting for the rally to hits the streets so they could start
filling up their wagons.  She asked me to check in with her around
6 to see what was up.  Clearly she has no intention of being
arrested but neither did our fellow radical librarian Matthew B. 
It's all up for grabs people.

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