Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Evidence Debunks Claims of Violence at the RNC

Remember all the conservative pundits who launched into fits of giggly delight last year at the stories of hysterical Democratic protesters who rallied 'violently' outside the RNC, leading to several arrests? It was the quintessential Conservative punchline -- a thousand 'crunchy kids' too anarchistic and blinded by their unabashed hatred of all things "right" (pun intended) that the protests practically turned into a riot. Yes, well, apparently they NYPD come cheap nowadays. Isn't it surprising that it was the party of the wealthy that were able to spend so much time on the moral high ground on this one? The NY Times reports (registration required):

Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest Dennis Kyne put up such a fight at a political protest last summer, the arresting officer recalled, it took four police officers to haul him down the steps of the New York Public Library and across Fifth Avenue.

"We picked him up and we carried him while he squirmed and screamed," the officer, Matthew Wohl, testified in December. "I had one of his legs because he was kicking and refusing to walk on his own." Accused of inciting a riot and resisting arrest, Mr. Kyne was the first of the 1,806 people arrested in New York last summer during the Republican National Convention to take his case to a jury. But one day after Officer Wohl testified, and before the defense called a single witness, the prosecutor abruptly dropped all charges. During a recess, the defense had brought new information to the prosecutor. A videotape shot by a documentary filmmaker showed Mr. Kyne agitated but plainly walking under his own power down the library steps, contradicting the vivid account of Officer Wohl, who was nowhere to be seen in the pictures. Nor was the officer seen taking part in the arrests of four other people at the library against whom he signed complaints. A sprawling body of visual evidence, made possible by inexpensive, lightweight cameras in the hands of private citizens, volunteer observers and the police themselves, has shifted the debate over precisely what happened on the streets during the week of the convention. read more (registration still required)

I wonder what else they lied to us about?


Blogger media girl said...

DemocracyNow ran video of the demonstrations every day. I don't know how long they keep video streams up, but a search of their archives from that week might yield some video of massive peaceful demonstrations that managed to get ignored by all the mainstream press.

4/12/2005 11:59:00 AM  

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