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SFPD Arrest Demonstrators, Tourists and Movie-going Minors
This Japanese tourist didn’t have the benefit of knowing English or any of the other people arrested at Third and Market. In San Francisco for a vacation and not protests, he’ll bring home a lifetime memory of his stay in the freest land on earth.
San Francisco Police were determined not to allow demonstrators into the same street they had marched during the October, January and February rallies. Around 175 protesters were arrested at Third and Market without warning. Among the arrested were two girls of twelve and thirteen who did not participate in the demonstration, but had just seen a movie at the Metreon. Non-English speaking Japanese tourist, in the United States for only a few days, was arrested while being at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was not even aware of the protests. One woman was struck across the crown of her head and choked.
Man was arrested on sidewalk. Witnessed police violence while SFPD packs three buses with peace demonstrators.
This group reports a hit and run driver that stuck three people. Police laugh as crime is reported. One demonstrator escapes the sidewalk arrest after being hit by police.
Bicyclist blocks street with friends. Police push woman along by groping her. Reports one woman was arrested for jaywalking.
Two arrestees found innocent. They report man writhing in pain as a police officer presses his knee in the arrestee’s back.
Friends and relatives of the arrested were forced to wait in the dark after police relegated the crowd of fifty supporters to the Seventh Street sidewalk of the San Francisco Detention Center.
The area where supporters were allow wait after the February 16th arrests was fenced off and guarded by police. Police vehicles were parked along the street making it difficult for a news van to broadcast the way they did in last month’s rally.
At 9 pm police announced that because the remaining two arrestees did not have identification they would not be released. Police then ordered supporters to disperse or they would be arrested. One man whose wife was still in jail brought his wife’s ID and asked the officer to take it. The officer refused and told the man to leave.