Help Out Democracy Now 3

Today it is critical that you make your voice heard in the Ramsey County Attorney and St. Paul City Attorney offices. Demand that they drop all pending and current charges against journalists arrested while reporting on protests outside the Republican National Conventions.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office is in the process of deciding whether or not to press felony P.C. (probable cause) riot charges against Democracy Now! Producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Please contact Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner by all means possible to demand that her office not press charges against Kouddous and Salazar.

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
RCA at co.ramsey.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
651-266-3222

Susan Gaertner for Governor
info at susangaertner.com (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
(612) 978-8625
(612)804-6156

The St. Paul City Attorney’s office has already charged Amy Goodman with misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a peace officer. Contact St. Paul City Attorney John Choi by all means possible to demand that the charges against Goodman be dropped immediately.

St. Paul City Attorney John Choi
john.choi at ci.stpaul.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org) (651) 266-8710

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, as was a photographer for the Associated Press.

IMPORTANT

Be sure to cc: dropthecharges@democracynow.org on all emails so that our team can deliver print outs of your messages to the St. Paul City Attorney and Ramsey County Attorney offices.

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6 Responses to “Help Out Democracy Now 3”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Thanks for posting this. I also emailed Minnesota Tourism and pointed out that arresting journalists for not being Republicans raises serious questions for the rest of us non-Republicans who might be considering tourism in that state.

  2. RickB Says:

    It was your new video that reminded me to check the site! Emails away! That’s a good angle, I made a comparison to China. Did you also hear/see they removed credentials (we don’t know who, mercs hired by the RNC pretending to be secret service? if it’s secret service they acted appallingly) and there were officers who refused to identify themselves and when complaints about cuffs being too tight were met by tightening them.

  3. libhomo Says:

    Most reports I’ve seen have said that it was the Secret Service who stole the press credentials.

  4. Jay Vos Says:

    hey RickB thanks for this, gonna cross post on my BI if that’s okay. libhom, yeah thanks for that other vid you posted on your blog, too. I made my phone calls to the Ramsey County sheriff’s dept the other day, but gonna make more: drop the charges!

    The Real News has a series of video news up regarding the DN! arrests.
    http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=200

    Question: what’s the difference between ‘detained’ and ‘arrested’? Seems the use of the former makes it less ominous than the use of the latter. I’ve heard both in reference to what happened, even from so-called lib ‘progressive’ blogs and news reports. – Jay

  5. RickB Says:

    GLH- I got the impression that was what was assumed but it could be like the Bush rallies where it turned out to be GOP stooges.

    Sorry Jay you got caught by the moderation robot, bad robot.
    Thanks for the RNN link.
    Good question, Yes I agree, in language terms detained is perhaps less alarming than arrested, so maybe that’s why it is used more by deferential to authority media. Or at least detained is general enough so if you don’t know the legal status, have they been formally arrested?? etc. then detained is used as a place filler but to still use it when facts are known does seem to be a bit weak. It should be ‘arrested then detained’ (if not bailed immediately) (or if they are ‘imprisoned’). As before it looks like the cops are gaming the system to keep people locked up for as long as possible without any legal process(-oh dear the bus is slow and the judge went home already we’ll just have to keep you in over the weekend- kind of stuff).
    Although now we have these long periods of questioning before any charges have to be bought so detained is becoming a murky term for the murky times we live in perhaps. Who knows anymore, except at any time shadowy agents of the state may kidnap you and later some legal justification may be offered for it. That’s apparently the legal system, or do I just have a pre 911 mindset?

  6. libhomo Says:

    Jay Vos: “Detentions” is often used these days to imply that the action of taking people into custody is not part of a legal, legitimate process. I think it has its roots in the language of Gitmo.


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