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SUPPORT OUR PGH-122 ARRESTEES
by JONAS Wednesday, Apr. 02, 2003 at 4:23 PM
joeskillet@yahoo.com

Please help in dropping the charges filed against the arrestees by signing your name or writing a letter to the DA or the Post Gazette

Please choose a following letter to send to the DA. You cn make your own letter as well.
To send, copy and paste with your name added on and email to me. Or, you can send ityourself. Or, you can drop it off in the "Pgh-122" drop box at the Quiet Storm, the Merton Center, or 1877.

Also, please take a moment to write a letter to the post gazette about your feelings of anger and disgust at this brutal outburst from the police:

Editor John G Craig, Jr
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
34 Blvd of the Allies
Pgh, Pa 15222

Any questions feel free to call me, Jonas, at 4126064953

(Date)
(Sample Letter 1)

Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.

District Attorney

436 Grant Street

Room 303 Courthouse

Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Dear Mr. Zappala:



After following the media coverage closely since the March 20th Peace Demonstration, I’ve come to the conclusion that the police acted unfairly and in some instances, with extreme force. The police are, once again, giving Pittsburgh, a bad name and reputation.



In all fairness to those arrested and for the sake of the city and justice, I hope you’ll drop the charges against the 122 who were arrested that day.



Sincerely,



(Date)
(Sample 2)



Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.

District Attorney

436 Grant Street

Room 303 Courthouse

Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Dear Mr. Zappala:



As a taxpayer and resident of the city of Pittsburgh, I’m disgusted with the police conduct at the peace demonstration on March 20. I understand from the many accounts I’ve heard and read about that the 122 anti-war demonstrators were arrested when they were leaving the demonstration. In fact the majority of them were standing on the sidewalk when the police attacked.



What was their crime? What would make a police officer break a young woman’s nose or attack an ACLU observer and throw her to the ground for recording a police officer’s badge number. Several more demonstrators were beaten; others verbally assaulted.



It appears that the police were out of control and acted with total disregard for civil and constitutional rights. Shame on the Pittsburgh city police for continuing to act in this manner. Have they learned nothing from the scandals of the last several years?





Please drop the charges now!


Sincerely,



Fact Sheet on March 20th Peace Demonstration :

There were many instances of police misconduct both during and after the arrests including the following incidents:



An ACLU observer was thrown to the ground and arrested when she tried to record the badge number of an officer who was beating a young man.
A woman on a bicycle was thrown on her face and her nose was broken as she struggled to follow police orders to step onto the sidewalk.
An African-American woman was thrown to the ground and beaten after recording several incidents of police misconduct on video. This woman was dragged to solidarity confinement in the jailhouse where she was further beaten and attacked with racist comments.
Several protesters were beaten and pepper-sprayed directly in their faces after being cuffed.
Once in prison the police continued to harass the demonstrators both verbally and physically. An officer picked up one young man and threw him against a wall after he allegedly ‘smirked’ at the officer. The officer threatened the young man by saying, If you say one more word, I’ll rip your f—ing throat out,” Of course, this was shortly after the officer bashed his head against the cell wall.

Thanks again, folks. Jonas

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Marchin in The City of Pgh.
by Jo Ann Nelson Thursday, Apr. 03, 2003 at 9:47 AM
rcokjoann@hotmail.com 724-693-9241

After marching peacefully in Pittsburgh, we found out for ourselves what a pre-eminent strike on innocent people looks like. Police brutality flourishes in this city, right in front of the media and citizen review board. We as a country have no business taking our 'show on the road' until we get it right here, first. We must live democracy if we wish to preach it to others. We aren't what we say we are, we are what we do!

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Frick Park - Regent Square
by Richard Nelson Thursday, Apr. 03, 2003 at 10:18 AM
rockjoann@hotmail.com

As a participant in the Peace Rally and March in Frick Park and Regent Square on March 30, I witnessed the strategy and tactics of our Police forces. They used a pre-planned formation of police vehicles as a wedge to create a point of confrontation with peaceful marchers. They had many more vehicles and officers than necessary. One car- car #43 from the City of Pittsburgh drove recklessly fast and squealed tires in a short span of crowded street. Several Aggressive Officers decided how long the march would last, how far the people would walk, and how they would justify pepper-spraying the march leaders. Our First Amendment rights were trampled on that day, and it was pre-planned.

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Your First Amendment Rights?
by Rhaize Thursday, Apr. 03, 2003 at 2:09 PM

To block traffic? To get in the way of the people who actually work for a living? I think it's your first amendment right to be sprayed with Pepper for being obnoxious.. just me though.

Rhaize.. Exercising my freedoms of speach, to make fun of you.

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Raise
by RP1 Thursday, Apr. 03, 2003 at 8:28 PM
redpredator1@yahoo.com

Obviously not exercising your freedom to spell...

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Raise
by RP1 Friday, Apr. 04, 2003 at 4:36 PM

this is another fake.

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