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Friday, September 12, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to McCain’s Speech at the RNC…

posted by on September 12 at 13:12 PM

… including cigars, $230 Scotch, transsexuals playing carnival games, lots of riot police, and lots of pepper spray—$1.9 million dollars’ worth.

I wrote a story for this week’s paper about crashing the RNC (and how the RNC crashed into me), which includes the tale of 19-year-old Elliot Hughes.

Hughes was arrested at a protest, jailed, then smacked around by a dozen police officers who put a bag over his head and used him to practice their pain-compliance holds. All while the Republicans—and I—were sitting around at a party, getting drunk on fancy liquor:

We are served veal meatballs and gallons of rare Scotch and cognac, and young women in black party dresses walk around with boxes full of cigars. Unbeknownst to Ryan, Brian, and Tony, my skin still tingles from the pepper spray (and unbeknownst to all of us, Elliot Hughes is in jail, being used like a rag doll). I take a cigar from one of the cigar sirens, sniff it, and accept a light. Ryan, Brian, or Tony does the same.

(Meanwhile, Hughes is coughing blood and vomiting while police call him “gay” and “a princess,” as he will later recount at a press conference.)

A reader just sent me a photo of young Elliot Hughes being arrested:


The kid looks scared. And he has no idea of the pain that’s coming.

(The wicked liberal media has been bizarrely quiet about this kid and the cops who threw him around like a rag doll. But there’s a small story from last week in the Minneapolis Star Tribune here.)

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I haven't stopped thinking about him since I read the article. How is he now? Who did he get for a lawyer? Please tell me he has a lawyer.

Posted by Gato22 | September 12, 2008 1:20 PM

Christ. Sick fucking pigs.

Posted by Ziggity | September 12, 2008 1:22 PM

Millions coming his way. I hope he doesn't turn into a Republican once he's rich.

Posted by Dan Savage | September 12, 2008 1:24 PM



He probably will.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 12, 2008 1:26 PM

It's not really fair for bike cops to call anybody gay.

Posted by Skip | September 12, 2008 1:39 PM

Oh I really really really really hope Dan is right. Unfortunately, the WTO riots here showed police can get away with pretty much anything and not have to pay much.

Posted by jrrrl | September 12, 2008 1:41 PM

Well no shit he's scared... he fell into a time warp and the feds are after you for impersonating me in a website sting.

Posted by dan | September 12, 2008 1:57 PM

I assume there's a Democratic Mayor in St. Paul. Hard to just blame this on Republicans.

Posted by Trevor | September 12, 2008 2:16 PM

and this happpened in Denver, too.

this is what fascism looks like today.

Posted by max solomon | September 12, 2008 2:21 PM

What the fuck is he wearing on his head? Is that a hat or a giant cloth condom?

Posted by joykiller | September 12, 2008 2:39 PM

Are you sure that's not a Critical Mass event? God Damn Bicyclists...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | September 12, 2008 2:56 PM

I can't believe the pigs are beating white people now too! He must have been really gay.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 12, 2008 3:09 PM

You guys have to stop acting surprised when the major media outlets don't report shit like this.

Stop pretending this isn't a police state with a lapdog corporate media.

Posted by No Surpises Here | September 12, 2008 3:47 PM

As Walt Whitman might have haikued:

Across the dark land
the 'Cabaret' threnody
forebodingly warns

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | September 12, 2008 3:50 PM

Fucking pigs.

Posted by Greg | September 12, 2008 3:59 PM

Fucking bikers.

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | September 12, 2008 5:27 PM

1.9 Million on pepper-spray?
As a protester who was there, can I get a source on that so I can use it?

Posted by chicago | September 12, 2008 7:26 PM

Why protest if you are afraid of being arrested?

If you can't do the time......

Posted by why protest | September 12, 2008 10:33 PM

@ 17: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (I think) published the city's RNC budget. Google it up.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | September 13, 2008 11:32 AM

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