NYPD raids CR meeting focusing on police brutality

Preston Peet ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Tue Dec 9 20:10:31 EST 2003

HI all,
    This report doesn't actually discuss drugs, but due to all the druggies
in the US who face police brutality on a daily basis, I figure it pertains.

A private fundraising event in Brooklyn for the activist group Critical
Resistance was raided by the New York Police Department Nov. 16. Up to 100
people in attendance were indiscriminately sprayed with chemical agents,
beaten with nightsticks, and otherwise harassed by a throng of police
officers. Witnesses say there was no provocation for the assaults and the
subsequent arrests.
Over 25 police vehicles arrived at 968 Atlantic Ave., the location of the
event, at around 2 AM, to investigate an officer's report of someone
standing outside the party holding an "open container." Within minutes,
attendees said, the police attacked the crowd, beating attendees who were
not resisting their orders. Over 20 people experienced effects of the pepper
spray that was erratically sprayed into the air by the officers.
All tenants of the private residential building were present at the event,
did not request police assistance, and no one in the building placed a
complaint with either the local precinct or the emergency response system.
Witnesses report that no warrant was presented upon police entrance. At
least eight arrests were made on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting
arrest and inciting riot. The 77th Precinct, where the arrestees were
initially held, refused to provide any information about the status of those
arrested. Emergency medical technicians visited the precinct to attend to
those who sustained serious injuries, which reportedlt include bruised ribs,
a spinal injury, and severe blows to the head.
Critical Resistance is a national grassroots group that focuses on prisons
and police brutality, and challenges the belief that policing, surveillance,
imprisonment, and similar forms of control make our communities safer.
(Critical Resistance action alert, Nov. 16) [top]

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