2008 RNC Aftermath
posted by September 25 at 10:37 AMon
Sounds like St. Paul might launch an investigation of how police behaved during the Republican National Convention.
Last night, the mayor and city council of St. Paul held an open hearing with around 200 people. Sounds like some of them were a little irritating—catcalls, chanting—but the important testimonies (especially from Elliot Hughes, the kid who was knocked out, then woke up in a pool of his own blood, then blindfolded and tortured during his night in jail) happened.
From the AP:
Bruce Nestor, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, called for an independent investigation with a budget, the power to compel testimony and to subpoena records. He also called for discipline of officers who acted wrongly, and — like many others — asked that the charges against all protesters be dropped.
Leah Lane, a 19-year-old from Eau Claire, Wis., showed video of herself being repeatedly pepper sprayed and knocked down by police, as she was holding her fingers in the peace sign and saying “I love you.” She said she feels police were doing their job, but that too much force was used.
Another 19-year-old, Elliot Hughes of St. Paul, was visibly distraught as he claimed he was tortured in the Ramsey County Jail.
Hughes said he was punched and fell to the ground, and that his head was slammed on the jail floor. He said he was taken out of his cell to another area, where his ankles were bent backward and a bag was placed over his head. He also claimed he was denied food and water.
“I was screaming, crying, begging God for mercy,” Hughes said. “One officer was even disgusting enough to say, ‘Your God is not with you right now. We are all devils.’”