NYCLU to Denver Police: What Not to Do This Week

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Just as thousands of political protesters descend upon Denver — and Denver police prep their makeshift prison warehouse — the NYCLU today released startling new footage from New York’s arrest-marred protests four years ago. The video offers Denver police a perfect lesson in what not to do in confronting political protesters during a convention.

The filmmaker, Michael Schiller, is the lead plaintiff in one of the NYCLU’s Republican National Convention cases. Schiller was taping protestors near the World Trade Center on August 31, 2004, when the NYPD used netting to form a cordon and arrest en masse hundreds of lawful protestors, as well as some peaceful observers. That day, nearly 1,200 people were arrested across New York City.

In an interview with the Associated Press last week, NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman spoke of the irony that political conventions— events that are supposed to be the epitome of the democratic process — are used by local and national law enforcement as an excuse to trample on the Bill of Rights. Time and time again, lawful activities are turned into grounds for arrest when the convention comes to town.

"Changing the law to transform innocent behavior into a crime where it poses no threat to public safety is entirely uncalled for and inconsistent with principles of the First Amendment," she said. "It has a chilling effect on free speech and that has been found time and time again to be improper under First Amendment principles."

Click here for more info on protest during the 2004 RNC convention. To read about the NYCLU’s latest victory in the Schiller case, click here.

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"Maybe the next President will try to live up to the writings Jefferson instead of Kafka."

Are you joking, I mean surely you don't think that is possible considering the two corporate lackeys vying for coronation.


I agree with Marcus, it's going to take far more social/political upheaval than a change in ruling party (which is really no change at all) to restore freedom in this country.


I am a member of the aclu I would like to post a blog to get other members opinions on a subject I am having an issue with how do I do that? I feel I am being unfairly tageted and discriminated against by the SEC

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