============================================================================ From: "Carolyn Ballard" <•••@••.•••> To: •••@••.••• Subject: Fw: Nonviolent IMF, World Bank Demonstrators Subject to Widespread Police Abuse Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 22:08:09 -0700 ----- Original Message ----- From: Mobilization Media <•••@••.•••> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 4:10 PM Subject: Nonviolent IMF, World Bank Demonstrators Subject to Widespread Police Abuse FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 4:00 PM, April 18, 2000 CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202- 789-5419 or 202-744-2617 Nonviolent IMF, World Bank Demonstrators Subject to Widespread Police Abuse New Accounts Detail Gross Mistreatment in Jail and in the Streets (WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- New reports of peaceful protesters beaten by police and U.S. Marshals, denied food and water and stripped of their basic constitutional rights give the lie to early accounts of police restraint during massive protests against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "The role of the police is to protect and serve the interests of the American public," said Patrick Reinsborough an organizer with The Mobilization for Global Justice. "Instead, we have seen the police use violence against peaceful demonstrators and militarize downtown Washington in an attempt to silence and intimidate the growing movement to hold these undemocratic institutions accountable." Reports gathered by the Midnight Special Legal Collective, a group of public interest lawyers providing support to the demonstrator, detail widespread mistreatment of non-violent activists. One non-violent protester had 3 ribs broken while he was arrested. Another protester was beaten in the face and then loaded into a 'paddy wagon,' leaving a pool of blood in the street. A police official told the drivers of the paddy wagon not to offload him at the jail but to drive him around for several hours, and then to drop him off near a hospital. At midnight on Monday, many activists still reported being denied food and water. Some were arrested at 4 AM, 20 hours earlier. Rachel Weber, a recent Harvard graduate from Boston, watched as one woman in her cell, who has hypoglycemia, began to throw up from lack of food. Police denied repeated requests for food or medical assistance. One group of men was taken into a basement, put into a cage, and told by a U.S. Marshall, "There are no cameras here. We can do whatever we want." Anyone who looked up while the Marshall was speaking was punched in the face. Another activist saw a U.S. Marshalls slam people's faces into a wall. Jennifer Kirby, a housing advocate from Washington D.C., was part of a group of activists who took over an abandoned home to protest unfair evictions and social service cuts in the District of Columbia. "The police came in and dragged us out of the house. As the police dragged the last person out of the house, one officer was kicking him and saying 'stop attacking my foot' and then all the police slammed him against a wall, saying 'stop attacking the wall.' They dragged him into a six-inch deep puddle and left him in it got five minutes while they kicked him," said Kirby. Officers also used a variety of abusive tactics to pit activists in Jail against each other and to break "Jail Solidarity," cooperation between activists designed to ensure fair treatment by police. Black Echo a spectator at the arraignment of several hundred activists, heard the presiding commissioner Ringelle imply that if activists did not cooperate he would place them with the general jail population, where they they would be raped. "He told us 'For a day or a week or a month [Jail] is not a pleasant place. People get sodomized. The inmates run the D.C. Prison. . In the prison, the weak are preyed upon," said Black Echo. Another group of activists activist was also threatened with incarceration with the general population, and told "they love to kill white boys over there, you pussy-faggot protesters." "This is just another example of what we've seen everywhere around the world when these fundamentally undemocratic institutions. The World Bank and the IMF and the WTO rely on police military force to repress popular opposition to their policies. We saw it last week in Bolivia, last year in Indonesia and Seattle. Here in DC the police were more media savvy and their violence was more targeted, but it was still designed to intimidate and silence. The good news is, it isn't working, and this movement to shut down the World Bank and the IMF is gaining strength every day." said Beka Economopoulos, an organizer with the Mobilization for Global Justice. ============================================================================ To: <•••@••.•••> From: "Brian Hill" <•••@••.•••> Subject: Fw: DC's "Peace" officers Brutalize Nonviolent Protestors Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 06:37:41 -0700 MIME-Version: 1.0 X-Priority: 3 -----Original Message----- From: Doug Hunt <<mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.•••> To: <mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.••• <<mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.•••> Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2000 03:54 Subject: DC's "Peace" officers Brutalize Nonviolent Protestors Beatings and Intimidation While in Custody [4/18 1pm] The legal team reports that released protesters are documenting widespread abuses by federal marshals of the people in custody. These reports affirm the effectiveness of the jail solidarity: widespread racist and anti-gay language, intimidation, and physical beatings are being used by marshals in an effort to curtail the solidarity and restrict the protesters constitutionally protected rights. Several dozen incidents have been reported, even though the legal team has had almost no access to most of the people being held. Jails Full: Protesters Being Dropped Off in Remote Locations [4/18 1pm] Unconfirmed reports indicate that the jails are so overwhelmed that some of the incarcerated are being loaded into vans wearing their orange prison jumpsuits, driven in groups of ten, and dropped off without any paperwork in remote places. Many others have chosen to "post and forfeit," paying fines of $50-100, some giving their names and some being arraigned with their first names only. Update on Non-violent Protesters Injured By Police [4/18 2pm] The medical team confirmed the following injuries to protesters: Man with head injury (4/17) A man was sent to the emergency room for examination. Person dragged by police car (4/17) A person was injured after being dragged by a police car that refused to yield. Man with ankle injury (4/17) Police on horseback injured a protester. Man with crushed finger (4/17) Police on horseback injured a protester. Woman struck in face (4/17) A woman was sent to GW Hospital with a broken nose after being assaulted by police. Dozens of people were treated for lacerations, pepper spray, tear gas, and other injuries at make-shift clinics set up in the streets. The medical team further reports that with the partial reopening of the convergence space, 24,000 gauze pads, 2,000 gloves, and hundreds of sanitary pads have been determined to not be a threat to the health of the people of DC. Sweatshops, toxic industries, pesticide use, genetic engineering, global climate change, and environmental devastation, however, continue unabated. Jail Solidarity Continues: Hundreds Denied Access to Legal Team [4/18 1pm] At least 200-300 people - perhaps hundreds more - continue to practice solidarity while in jail. These people are not complying with marshal's demands for identification until it can be verified that all urgent medical needs are addressed and everyone has been able to see a lawyer. The legal team reports that their access to the protesters in jail is so limited they have seen only a few dozen, cannot assist with even urgent medical needs, and have not been able to get a count of the total number of protesters being held. Strong solidarity continues on both the men's and women's sides, even though marshals have separated those in custody into groups of 10-15 in a effort to impair communication and reduce support for injured or brutalized protesters. Call the authorities to express your outrage: Central Holding 202-727-4213 DC Jail 202-673-8000 Cell B & C 202-727-2392 Superior Court 202-879-1010 Police Academy 202-645-0055 Subdistrict #4 202-727-4655 Please continue the solidarity by not giving the names of those in custody. Tuesday-Wednesday: Rally at 500 Indiana Avenue Hundreds gathered Tuesday at 500 Indiana Avenue to show solidarity with the protesters being held. About 60 stayed through the night, drumming and enjoying the food and drinks of the mobile kitchen. Please join us or call 202-544-9360 for recorded information. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- [4/19 1am] Legal Observers are reminded to send their notes and film to Zak Wolfe Law Offices of Jim Drew 1322 18th St NW #300 Washington DC 20036 •••@••.••• On the Net: Mobilization for Global Justice, site for protesters: <http://www.a16.org>http://www.a16.org Religious Working Group on the World Bank and IMF <http://Religiouswg.org>http://Religiouswg.org 50 Years is Enough! <http://www.50years.org>http://www.50years.org WhirledBank <http://www.whirledbank.org>http://www.whirledbank.org Jubilee 2000/USA <http://www.j2000usa.org>http://www.j2000usa.org ============================================================================ X-Sender: •••@••.••• X-Priority: 1 (Highest) Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 12:41:28 To: •••@••.••• From: Mitchel Cohen <•••@••.•••> Subject: Support Needed NOW for Anti-IMF Arrestees in DC Mime-Version: 1.0 Please Re-Post Everywhere Dear Comrades, I've just spoken with the anti-IMF/World Bank legal team in Washington DC, which is in overdrive. At least 200 people -- including at least one member of our Greens' Action Committee affinity group, going by the nickname "flounder" (and other NY Greens, too, going by the affinity name "Tiger Greens" -- sorry, I don't know their individual nicknames) -- remain in jail. (1,300 had been arrested overall.) They are doing total jail solidarity, which means they are not giving their names or addresses, and are refusing to comply with the system in any way. Almost all of the arrests are illegal, and lawsuits will be filed. But we've got to get them out now! It's very important that we exert as much pressure as we can NOW. It is total bullshit for the press to say that the cops in DC were "gentle," unlike Seattle. Many protesters were and continue to be severely abused and brutalized by cops, prison guards, and officials at every level. I've just received reports that even a press conference on Tuesday was pepper-sprayed by the police. (On the other hand, more humorously, the national guard tear-gassed affinity groups barricading an intersection before the local police had a chance to put on their gas masks, so the National Guard ended up teargassing the police as well! :-) We need to mobilize to put pressure on the system to release all of the arrestees now. (See Mark Krupanski's letter, posted at end, for recent update.) Here's what you should do: Call up as many of the phone numbers below as you can, and tell them you are aware of and outraged by the mistreatment of non-violent demonstrators. Do NOT use the real names of anyone in jail; please respect their decision to refuse to comply in any way with the authorities. Demand that they be released immediately, tell them which groups you represent (if any), and announce that you are spreading the word. (Below the phone numbers is a list of some of the abuses folks are being subjected to). Some officials may feign ignorance. Don't believe them. Some may say "There's nothing I can do." Give them an earful, anyway. Just tell them what you think and move to the next number. Thousands are calling from all over the world. Thank you very much. - Mitchel Cohen, NY State Greens Action Committee, and the Red Balloon Collective Numbers to call (all numbers are 202 area code): Call the Warden (Patricia Brittain): 673-8202 Corporation Counsel (lawyers for City: Robert Rigsby): 727-6248, 727-9813 DC Mayor Anthony Williams's office: 727-2980 Superior Court: 879-1010 DC Chief of Staff: 727-2643 DC Public Advocate: 673-4421 Dept. of Correction: 673-7316 DC Chief Judge: 879-2770 DC Executive Officer Ulysses Hammond: 879-1700 Superior Court Chief Judge Eugene Hamilton & Amice Wagner (lying to demonstrators): 879-1600 Clerk of the Court: 879-1401 US Atty. For DC: 514-2000 (insist on an investigation and prosecution on abuses, civil rights violations, and homophobia) Central Holding: 727-2894 1st District Sub Station: 727-4655 Police Academy: 645-0055 (some detainees held here) Cell Block B & C: 727-2392 Police Gym: 727-4213 DC Mayor's office e-mail is: •••@••.••• Their website is www.washingtondc.gov RE: Homophobic Comments and Rape Threats DC Dept of corrections 202-673-7316 US Attorney for DC 202-514-2000 (demand prosecution for hate crimes) Chief of Police, Office of the Chief Charles H. Ramsey Police Headquarters 202-727-4218 202-727-9524 (fax) E-mail address: •••@••.••• You can find a directory of the offices of the entire Metro DC PD at http://www.mpdc.org/frame.htm Please call the Washington Post and demand to know why these abuses haven't been reported. 202-334-7410 Continue to call US attorney's office as well as your local senators and congresspeople to demand these abuses are prosecuted, and most importantly, that the demonstrator's rights are granted. The demonstrators' demands are the following: -For all arrestees to be held together in the same room. -To have vegetarian food and water available -To have legal access to lawyers from our legal team -An end to the physical and verbal harassment, and for those who committed them to be dealt with and prosecuted. *********************************************** From Bob Lederer: One dear friend from ACT UP (whose NYC & Phila. chapters mobilized more than 300 people for the Sun. rally) just called me from the DC Detention Facility to say that his time in jail -- 48 hours thus far -- was "the most fantastic experience" he had ever had, due to the "incredible solidarity" being shown by activists from a broad range of social movements. There are constant strategy meetings being held, including one last nite where the authorities allowed the men and women to meet together. So the struggle continues, and out of this repression will undoubtedly come an even stronger and more determined movement against global capitalism. PPS. If anyone has time to help write a press release for the gay press about all this, please contact me immediately <•••@••.•••>. ****************************************************** Please Circulate Widely IMF, World Bank Demonstrators Subject to Widespread Police Abuse New Accounts Detail Gross Mistreatment in Jail and in the Streets New reports of peaceful protesters beaten by police and U.S. Marshals, denied food and water and stripped of their basic constitutional rights give the lie to early accounts of police restraint during massive protests against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). - Detainees have deen denied food, water, toilets, medical attention, and access to lawyers. - One instance was reported of an interrogator posing as a member of the Midnight Special Legal Collective, the volunteer lawyers representing the activists. - One non-violent protester had 3 ribs broken while he was arrested. - Another protester was beaten in the face and then loaded into a patrol wagon, leaving a pool of blood in the street. A police official told the drivers not to offload him at the jail but to drive him around for several hours, and then to drop him off near a hospital. - At midnight on Monday, many activists still reported being denied food and water. Some were arrested at 4 AM, 20 hours earlier. Rachel Weber, a recent Harvard graduate from Boston, watched as one woman in her cell, who has hypoglycemia, began to throw up from lack of food. Police denied repeated requests for food or medical assistance. - One group of men was taken into a basement, put into a cage, and told by a U.S. Marshall, "There are no cameras here. We can do whatever we want." Anyone who looked up while the Marshall was speaking was punched in the face. - Another activist saw a U.S. Marshalls slam people's faces into a wall. - Arrestees had been denied access to lawyers, despite repeated requests. - Mike Montella and I (Mitchel Cohen) demanded to be allowed into the Court building as people began being processed at 1 am Tuesday morning. Despite our press credentials and the law which says that court proceedings must be open to the public, 9 US marshalls ordered us away from the building, saying "the building is closed." When we insisted on our rights, their supervisor ordered us again to leave, but refused my repeated requests for his name or position. We were "escorted" away from the building and backed away quickly as they began reaching for their handcuffs. - People were being released from prison in the middle of a cold, rainy night, without jackets, shoes, in some cases without shirts, and without any money to take a bus or cab anywhere -- all had been taken from them by officials. Some were shell-shocked. Others are already suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. None had been allowed medical attention while in jail. One woman released at 6 am Tuesday had to be taken to a hospital by ambulance after passing out as she was released from jail. Many prisoners are in dire need of emergency medical attention that is being denied them in jail. - Jennifer Kirby, a housing advocate from Washington D.C., was part of a group of activists who took over an abandoned home to protest unfair evictions and social service cuts in the District of Columbia. "The police came in and dragged us out of the house. As the police dragged the last person out of the house, one officer was kicking him and saying "stop attacking my foot" and then all the police slammed him against a wall, saying "stop attacking the wall." They dragged him into a six-inch deep puddle and left him in it for five minutes while they kicked him," said Kirby. Officers also used a variety of abusive tactics to pit activists in Jail against each other, trying to break "Jail Solidarity" -- cooperation between activists designed to ensure fair treatment by police. These intimidation tactics include: - Black Echo a spectator at the arraignment of several hundred activists, heard the presiding commissioner Ringelle imply that if activists did not cooperate he would place them with the general jail population, where they they would be raped. He told us "For a day or a week or a month [Jail] is not a pleasant place. People get sodomized. The inmates run the D.C. Prison. In the prison, the weak are preyed upon." - Another group of activists was also threatened with incarceration with the general population, and told "they love to kill white boys over there, you pussy-faggot protesters." - Detainees are taken into solitary confinement and lied to, told that they are the last ones in jail, that they won't be released before their court date in July, that they have no rights. The real threat is not from other prisoners -- it's from the guards, the police, and city officials who have been brutalizing people. These intimidation tactics, their rape threats, their homophobia, their racism, are scary -- but THEY ARE NOT WORKING! We remain strong and united! The Midnight Special Law Collective is asking all concerned to call as many of the following numbers to help them in their efforts to gain justice for the remaining 200 IMF/WB detainees. Giving no names, express concern that detainees are being abused, and demand their immediate release. ************************************************* A message posted by Ben Shepard of reclaim the streets reads: In a remarkable and inspiring show of the power of the people against global capitalism, much of the U.S. Government was shut down yesterday and 1,300 people were arrested by the Washington D.C. police department over the past three days. Many, many arrestees are still in jail and having a bad time of it. Many of them have been held in very poor conditions without food and water and been denied access to lawyers. They need your pressure from the outside to blanket the Police Dept., courts and Mayor's office with phone calls demanding their immediate release. <snip> I tried [calling] the Mayor's office and was gratified to hear they had been receiving calls on the arrestees all day. When I told them that people were being held in disgraceful conditions, the operator told me that they were aware of that. She suggested that I call the Superior Court. I did and they told me they were not giving out information or taking complaints. Please, please, make calls to all these organizations. Even if they say they are not taking complaints, we believe the calls are noted. Also, since arrestees are mostly not giving their names, please do not give names of specific people who were arrested when you call. Say that you understand that arrestees have been denied access to laywers and treated terribly. Demand the immediate release of all arrestees. ************************************ READ!!!! From: Marc J Krupanski <•••@••.•••> Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 08:51:15 -0700 i have been in contact with dc mayor williams' office, dc jail warden patricia britain, and mdc chief ramsey's office and i'm still waiting for a response... they said they would respond today with an update...i will give any and all info asap. i'm not sure if it was put out on this list, but i have received reports that protestors outside the holding cells have been sprayed with pepper spray and have faced grave intimidation. the word on the inside is massive increased intimidation and abuse by u.s. marshalls, including extreme racist and gay verbal assaults, threats of beatings, lack of sanitary and food conditions/provisions, threats to move people into general population, and more. obviously, it doesn't need to be said, but this is a clear extreme response to our jail solidarity tactics, which we cannot back down. it also greatly demonstrates how the world bank and the imf work in concert with military regimes and depend upon humyn rights violations in order to perpetuate and enforce their undemocratic, exploitative, and anti-earth programs... this has all been only the beginning, we've made a massive step forward in our mobilization and cannot be freightened off --- they have witnessed the power of the people and they are scared! forward on! marc (rts) ****************************************** From ACT-UP As individuals working on the Midnight Special Law Collective, the legal team representing the protestors arrested during the A16 action in Washington D.C., we are concerned about the mistreatment of protestors in the jail system by U.S. Marshals, specifically treatment of a homophobic nature. There needs to be a level of responsibility among U.S. citizens to take action to hold those responsible for this treatment accountable--namely police, marshals, judges, and city officials. We need to especially hold the Chief of Police accountable for his denial of the unlawful acts committed against the protestors by police. The process of holding some of these people responsible for their actions is made difficult by the unlawful removal of their badge identification during arrests and the detaining of arrestees in the jail. The levels of abuse committed against the protestors ranges from police brutality, homophobic comments, and rape threats, as well as sexual harassment, physical abuse, and verbal threats. Judges have also been blatantly lying to defendants in court about the details of their situation and threatening them with false consequences for maintaining their jail solidarity. The following are some specific examples of the brutality going on in jail against the protestors being held. A cell of thirty men were taken to the basement of their facility, put into a cage, and surrounded by U.S. Marshals who yelled threatening comments to them, such as: "There are no video cameras down here, we can do what we want." "We don't want to hear about any more of this solidarity bullshit." They were threatened to be put into general population, saying that "they love to kill fuckin white boys in there, you pussy faggot protestors." When any of the men looked up at the Marshall yelling at them, they were punched in the face and told not to make eye contact. Some of the men were put into strangle holds until they turned blue. This incident greatly affected the morale of the group, and all but one of the men in this cell broke solidarity and gave their names in order to be released from jail. We received three separate phone reports of this incident the morning of their release, and none of these men were willing to give their name or phone numbers over the phone to be contacted, out of fear of retaliation. Hence, this incident isn't making it into the mainstream media's reporting of the police conduct. Another incident involves a transgendered woman going by the name of Lisa who was in a cell of thirty women. When the police learned of her transgender identity, they separated her from the others and put her into solitary confinement. The police assured the other women that she was safe, but we have no way of knowing how she is being treated or what is happening to her. Some women protestors are being stripped searched by male officers, being asked to drop their pants and cough, being patted down by male officers, being tied down and their breasts being grabbed by male officers, and shackled at their waist and ankles. The officers made lewd comments to the women about their sexual orientation. Medical attention has been denied in regards to hypothermia conditions by protestors in wet clothes, as well as regarding dehydration. Food and water was denied to protestors the entire first day of their stay in jail. One hypoglycemic woman was throwing up violently all day as a result. We have report from one woman still in jail that they were arrested at 3pm on Monday, were put in a cold cell with their wet clothes on without blankets or anything to sleep on until 7am the next morning, and were not given food and water until Noon the next day. When we spoke to her at 6pm that evening, none of the women in her cell had slept since 4am the morning of their arrest (Monday). Legal access was denied to the arrestees, they were kept separate from each other so that they couldn't organize their solidarity and take care of each other, and were met with police claiming to be their legal council who told them false reports of the consequences of their refusal to give their names. One judge who saw arrestees three to eight at a time who were being processed for their arraignment blatantly and consistently lied to each group of defendants about their situation, claiming that "everyone who got arrested has decided that their message was heard in the street and that there was no reason to stay in jail, and so all but about twenty people have given their names and left the jail. Since you are the only ones left here, you might as well do what everyone else has done." This was being said at a time when over 200 people had already proven their solidarity by refusing to give their names in court. Our legal team sat in the courtroom and watched this judge lie to groups of defendants without being allowed to say anything in the courtroom to warn them or correct her comments. They finally managed to get a note to those defendants waiting arraignment processing warning them of this judge's tactics. This is a blatant disregard of people's due process rights. ============================================================================ Richard K Moore Wexford, Ireland Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance email: •••@••.••• CDR website: http://cyberjournal.org cyberjournal archive: http://members.xoom.com/centrexnews/ book in progress: http://cyberjournal.org/cdr/gri.html A community will evolve only when the people control their means of communication. -- Frantz Fanon Capitalism is not the same as free enterprise - it is a very specialized ideology which holds the accumulation of wealth as the only economic value, and which demands that such economics dominate all other societal values. -- rkm Permission for non-commercial republishing hereby granted - BUT include and observe all restrictions, copyrights, credits, and notices - including this one. ============================================================================ .