Monday, April 11, 2005

Our smoothly operating police state

This article in The Times to be published tomorrow, should send chills down everyone's spine. The upshot? That officers and other law enforcement types randomly swept people up during the Repulican National Convention in New York, then invented stories about the arrests, and tried to prosecute based on that ginned-up non-evidence. Ah, but one problem. The presence of so very, many videorecorders flatly contradicting the "official" accounts:
Dennis Kyne put up such a fight at a political protest last summer, the arresting officer recalled, it took four police officers to haul him down the steps of the New York Public Library and across Fifth Avenue.

"We picked him up and we carried him while he squirmed and screamed," the officer, Matthew Wohl, testified in December. "I had one of his legs because he was kicking and refusing to walk on his own."

Accused of inciting a riot and resisting arrest, Mr. Kyne was the first of the 1,806 people arrested in New York last summer during the Republican National Convention to take his case to a jury. But one day after Officer Wohl testified, and before the defense called a single witness, the prosecutor abruptly dropped all charges.

During a recess, the defense had brought new information to the prosecutor. A videotape shot by a documentary filmmaker showed Mr. Kyne agitated but plainly walking under his own power down the library steps, contradicting the vivid account of Officer Wohl, who was nowhere to be seen in the pictures. Nor was the officer seen taking part in the arrests of four other people at the library against whom he signed complaints.

Who are you gonna believe? Me or your own eyes?

Permalink posted by Jonathan : 10:36 PM

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