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In an unpermitted march on 3/15, the SF Police falsely arrested sidewalk marchers.
by ArcMedia (arcmedia [at] riseup.net)
Sunday Mar 16th, 2003 11:21 PM
I followed the unpermitted march beginning at Jefferson Park and I was appalled at the unnecessary harassment by the SFPD.
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March 15, 2003
San Francisco, CA

I followed the unpermitted march beginning at Jefferson Park and I was appalled at the unnecessary harassment by the SFPD. They swarmed throughout the march from the front, on both sides, and in the rear almost the entire way. No property destruction occurred and the protesters were completely non-violent, yet the police were ruthless in their drive to quell the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and free assembly.

The police declared the march an illegal assembly on several occasions including Mission Street at 3:45pm and at about 4:30pm on 3rd street:

"This is the SFPD. To all people now assembled on the __ block of __, this is an unpermitted march and will not be facilitated by the SFPD. All persons remaining in the street from this point onward will be subject to immediate arrest. Get on the sidewalk..."

After these orders to "get on the sidewalk," the police subsequently arrested people on the sidewalk. Some of these people were sitting down and linking arms in protest, others were attempting to disperse, some were journalists, and still others were shoppers. At the entrapment on 3rd St., I purposely decided not to get arrested and barely stepped outside the line of helmeted policemen before they blocked sidewalk movement. It wasn't so easy for many observers.

The San Fransisco police stepped outside their legal boundaries in terrorizing people who practice their constitutional rights. Such is the behavior of most hierarchical, capitalist oppressors. For me, this Saturday's protest underscored the need to set our own agenda of creative resistance instead of reacting to the agenda of the powerful elites.
§SFPD traps marchers on Misson St.
by ArcMedia (arcmedia [at] riseup.net) Sunday Mar 16th, 2003 11:21 PM
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§SFPD traps journalists on 3rd St.
by ArcMedia (arcmedia [at] riseup.net) Sunday Mar 16th, 2003 11:21 PM
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§SFPD arrests people on the sidewalk
by ArcMedia (arcmedia [at] riseup.net) Sunday Mar 16th, 2003 11:21 PM
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§SFPD spies on protesters
by ArcMedia (arcmedia [at] riseup.net) Sunday Mar 16th, 2003 11:21 PM
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are you sure...are you sure...Tuesday Mar 18th, 2003 9:57 AM
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Ever journey to a police state begins with a stepchrisMonday Mar 17th, 2003 2:27 PM
NO, you mean the cops photo us and we photo & ID the cops too!BevMonday Mar 17th, 2003 1:58 AM
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