Can't We All Just Get Along? LAPD Strikes Again

| August 17, 2000

Can't We All Just Get Along? LAPD Strikes Again, Jennifer Bleyer, AlterNet
At a joint press conference on Tuesday, representatives from the Shadow Convention, the ACLU, Global Exchange, D2KLA and the Green Party denounced the LAPD's use of force against protesters as unwarranted and brutal, and called for an independent investigation of the Police Department's actions, writes Jennifer Bleyer on the AlterNet news service. The press conference was called after police broke up a largely peaceful concert on Monday night outside the Staples Center, site of the Democratic National Convention, firing rubber bullets and pepper gas, shortly before the convention was scheduled to wrap up for the evening. According to Bleyer, California Green Party Senate candidate Medea Benjamin suggested that the police deliberately provoked demonstraters in order to clear the crowd before hordes of Democratic delegates emerged from the Staples Center. 'I am appalled by the excesses of the LAPD and other law enforcement that I witnessed and heard about last night, apparently just to clear a path for the delegates of a political party that claims to be protectors of liberty and human rights,' said Benjamin. -- Leif UtneGo there>>