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Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Approves Mass Arrests by Location in RNC 2008 Civil Suit
David L. Shulman
BACKGROUND: September 1st, 2008 -- It was the Anti-Capitalist Bloc that brought up the rear of the permitted anti-RNC march from the Capital Building and back to the Capital Building. After the march, the bloc headed towards the heavily fortified perimeter surrounding the Xcel Center, site of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. The bloc moved on to cross a pedestrian bridge over I-35E and headed towards the Mississippi River on the other side of the Xcel center. Once on Shepard Road, the block moved northeast on sidewalks by the river. As the bloc approached Jackson Street, police, and what appeared to be Minnesota National Guard, began to attack the bloc with tear gas, bean bags, concussion grenades, and colored smoke bombs/clothes markers. Many people were injured as a result of the attack. As the bloc retreated southwest, back down Shepard, away from the advancing and attacking cops, another line of cops moved in slowly from the south to kettle the group and prevent any exit. From there, police slowly reinforced the ring around the bloc, taking over 100 people to the county jail. Attorney David L. Shulman filed a civil suit on behalf of those whose constitutional rights were violated when they were injured, detained, and/or arrested by police that day on Shepard Road, appealing the losing case, biased judge to biased judge, all of the way up to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in November 2012.

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