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3/30/03 March Update 4:45pm
by Wheatpaster Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 12:15 PM

Four Arrested, several inured by Swissvale police agression.

4:45pm: Organizers counted roughly 400 in attendance of the rally and roughly 300 marching. At least four people have been arrested, and over 15 are injured from police aggression. Swissvale Police Department reports those who were arrested are being processed at Allegheny County Jail on First Ave. downtown (yes, same location as 3-20-03). Pittsburgh Organizing Group is asking people to show support outside the building. Activists will be gathering at the old site of the Alexander Berkman Solidarity Camp ASAP (new name for solidarity camp is open for debate).

Update 5:30pm

Among those pepper sprayed while on the sidewalk was a former police officer. Another officer who was on duty and unhappy with the provocative conduct of the police gave several marchers an antidote to the pepperspray and apologized for their co-workers conduct. The Citizens Police Review Board has confirmed they will defiitely pursue the innapropriate conduct of police. A civil suit is also being planned.

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by marcher Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 12:50 PM

i believe that the large aggressiv cop (among others) was part of the edgewood police force.

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File a Complaint about the Police
by Norm Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 12:58 PM

If you witnessed inappropriate Pittsburgh police behavior, please file a formal complaint with the Citizens Review Board as soon as possible.

Here is the link:

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by Wheatpaster Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 1:14 PM

The ACLU wants to get in contact with people who witnessed the actions of the police at the march. If you can remember descriptive details of the situation, such as time of arrest, street names, people's names and/or what they looked like, please write the information down. The phone number is (412) 681-7736. Leave a message and they will get back to you soon.

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I Want to File a Complaint
by Edith Wilson Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 1:41 PM 412-371-9722

As a resident of Edgewood Borough, I want to complain to the "appropriate authorities" at the borough about the biligerent behavior of the large, heavy-set, bald or shaved-head Edgewood cop. I was in the middle of the march and didn't see what went on, only people coming toward us who had been sprayed. I have spoken with a few people involved. I also spoke with a channel 4 camera man, not in an interview, who said that the people at the front who got sprayed were in the street. I would like to know what I'm talking about when I complain. Please get in touch with me if you have pertinent information. My number is 412-371-9722 or you can post it here and I will check back. Thanks

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what happened
by . Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 2:50 PM

As we entered edgewoord, by the gas station, the edgewood police meet the march on the street and told us to leave the street. Most marchers complied, but several did not do so fast enough, and a large edgewood police officer that had no hair moved to pepper spray them. As the march progressed, a man that was standing right behind be made a comment to the police officer. The police officer pointed at the man, and said "You, i want you." or words to that effect. As he moved towards the sidewalk, marchers, including myself, moved in front of him to prevent that police officer from arresting him. The cop started at the crowd by pushing several protesters. After two or three shoves, he evidently decieded that he could not penetrate the crowd by himself. He removed his pepper spray and sprayed the crowd aroung t he man that had made the comment in a wide arc, spraying several people directly in thier eyes from point blank range. He then procceded to grab the man and arrest him.

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channel 11
by john Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 3:18 PM

channel 11 has footage of the guy who is probably the guy you're talking about who got sprayed then arrested being tossed in the paddy wagon. he clearly stated his name and spelled it for the camera. check it out on pcnc if you don't feel like waiting till 11, it's about 4 to 5 minutes into the news.

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Review Board?
by ? Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 4:47 PM

Since the officer in question was not a Pittsburgh Police officer, but an Edgewood officer, how does one file complaints against that? Does anyone know if edgewood has a complaint board set up?

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To ?
by wheatpaster Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 6:20 PM

The Citizens Police Review Board has confirmed to the Thomas Merton Center that they are going to Executive Director Tim Vining also reports Mike Healey is also gathering evidence for defending those protesters who were killed, and lawyers affiliated with the ACLU are pursuing a civil action against the police (# is included above). Any help you can provide them would be a great help, and may possibly lead to police recognizing our constitutional rights in the near future.

Never stop fighting for peace here and abroad.

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Contact info
by - Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 6:21 PM

Edgewood Borough
2 Race Street
Edgewood, PA 15218
Phone: (412) 242-4824
Fax: (412) 242-0427
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00PM, Monday - Friday

Police Chief, Paul Wood
(412) 242-4824 X612

If any of you media types want to interview him, the fat, bald cop guards the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Center, (it pays overtime, no lie) most evenings.

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To Wheatpaster re: to ?
by contrarycrow Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 6:39 PM

"Tim Vining also reports Mike Healey is also gathering evidence for defending those protesters who were killed"? Hold on, there were protesters killed? What?

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by mike hunt Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 8:20 PM

make you complaints to mike hunt head of personel for edgewoord police dept.

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by wheatpaster Monday, Mar. 31, 2003 at 6:52 AM

I should never post while sleepy. :-) I meant members of the Citizen Police Review Board were in attendance on Sunday and told Tim Vining they will pursue action to the fullest. In addition, Mike Healy will be defending those who were ARRESTED.

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