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Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now! Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC
by Democracy Now!
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 5:31 PM
ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ
Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now! Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
http://www.democracynow.org

September 1, 2008

Contact:
Denis Moynihan 917-549-5000
Mike Burke 646-552-5107, mike [at] democracynow.org

ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfully detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman's crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman's office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0).

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism's top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar is a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists from the nation's leading independent news outlet.

Democracy Now! is a nationally syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

Video of Amy Goodman's Arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

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by barrett newhall
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 7:50 PM
I live in the Twin Cities and am shocked at what has just happened to Amy and two of her producers. Watching the video of how brutal the police were with Amy was painful to watch. I was not at the peaceful march but had many friends there. We are all fearful because as Amy was dragged away in handcuffs she said something about being taken to an undisclosed location. I will be watching the ten o'clock local news to see if this shameful event will be shown. If it is nor, I will be even angrier than I am now. I have called all the numbers Democracy Now listed and left messages. I hope she will be released quickly but not convinced that will happen because of the pre-emptive detainment issue that I think means they can hold someone for 36 to 48 hours without charges. This was an unlawful arrest, and the police were so far out of line that there has got to be some kind of restitution. All I think at this moment is: Is this America? It seems more like Nazi GErmany in 1939.
by Chronicle
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 10:25 PM
here, someone at the SF Chronicle interviewed Amy Goodman after she was released.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/indexn?blogid=14