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by vincent blast furnace radio Friday, Oct. 02, 2009 at 3:07 AM
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Groups Upset Over G-20 Oakland Arrests Hold Rally
Many Pitt Students Among Those Arrested In Schenley Plaza Unrest

POSTED: 11:32 am EDT October 1, 2009
UPDATED: 10:08 pm EDT October 1, 2009
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PITTSBURGH -- Several groups upset over the police response at the University of Pittsburgh during the G-20 economic summit held a rally in Oakland Thursday evening, wanting an investigation into police activity.

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The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Thomas Merton Center, One HOOD and Mothers Against Conviction Of The Innocent organized the rally at Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The groups said police conducted unlawful mass arrests and used excessive force on Sept. 24 and 25 in Schenley Plaza.

Thursday's rally allowed people to tell their stories and sign a petition calling for reconciliation by the university and city.

Nathan Lanzendorder said the bruises that cover his legs are the result of being hit by rubber bullets during the summit.

Lanzendorder, who is not a Pitt student or protester, said he was there only to observe.

"My friend was no more than 5 feet behind me and he was tackled to the ground. He saw me get shot then he locked up. We were doing nothing but following the crowd that was dispersing," said Lanzendorder.

Others who attended the rally said they were simply looking to get home.

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said "Everyone is free to exercise their right to freedom of speech as long as it is done in a peaceful and lawful manner."

But that hasn't stopped those attending Thursday's rally from feeling like their right to assemble was violated, some even carrying signs that read "From Steel City to Police Burgh."

Pitt student Gianni Label said she remembers the group being told to leave, but when no one moved, she decided to stay.

When things turned rowdy, she was unable to get out of the way and was arrested.

"I think everybody should have been outside. I think it was a world moment that everybody should have been there to witness," said Label.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said it will "conduct a review of all aspects of the G-20 operation."

Police arrested about 190 people during the two-day summit last week. Many arrestees are Pitt students.

Some charges have been dropped and police say they'll evaluate cases individually.

Preliminary hearings at Municipal Court downtown for 49 of the arrestees were postponed on Wednesday until late October.

Six people agreed on Wednesday to do community service and get their charges dropped in exchange. Most of those cases are summary offenses involving failure to disperse.

Previous Stories:

* September 30, 2009: Dozens Of G-20 Protesters Show Up For Downtown Hearings
* September 28, 2009: Police, Mayor Respond To G-20 Claims Of Excessive Force
* September 27, 2009: Protesters Linger In Aftermath Of G-20
* September 27, 2009: Facing Serious Charge, G-20 'Bike Girl' Apologizes
* September 25, 2009: G-20 Protester Causes $20,000 In Damages
* September 25, 2009: OC Gas, Rubber Bullets Disperse Late-Night Crowd Near Pitt

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If a protester whines and cries in Shenley Park and nobody cares, did he make a sound?

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Oct. 1, 2009 8:40pm EDT | from mara1a
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the he!! with the protest and the protesters. because of them, i was late getting to the gym, getting my manicure and pedicure, and coming home to watch mindless reality television! can i protest about that?!

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Oct. 1, 2009 8:32pm EDT | from shelter
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The question these kids need to be asking now is " where is MTV , all the profs , and all the community organizers " that told them to speak their mind and exercise their free speech . Suckers !

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Oct. 1, 2009 7:05pm EDT | from elvisisapensfan
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If these kids wanted to stay out of trouble , they should have stayed away from the troublemakers.It probably is true that they were played for fools and suckers by all of the idiot groups protesting , but now they are gone to protest puppies or coffee shops or some other idiotic notion at another town and these foolish kids are left holding the bag. Oh well! Most of them said that they wanted to experience the history of the G-20 . Looks like they are a part of it. What a valuable college experience ! Bet mommy and daddy were real happy to get THAT phone call !

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Oct. 1, 2009 6:53pm EDT | from elvisisapensfan
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And I hope the police show up and arrest all of these idiots too since this "Rally" is more than likely not authorized also.

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Oct. 1, 2009 6:23pm EDT | from evilmoll

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