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Baton-Bashed In Denver! Is This Really What Democracy Looks Like?!

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IS THIS REALLY WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE?!



There are characteristics essential to being a member of the peace and social justice organization, CODEPINK. Chief among them is compassion. One can hardly dedicate one's life to improving the lives of others if there isn't an abiding drive to help those in need. Thus, it was no surprise to those who know her when 24 year old CODEPINK member, Alicia Forrest, in search of the truth, used her camera to document the arrest of a young man swarmed and overpowered by Denver sheriffs during a demonstration in Denver.

The sheriffs were NOT appreciative of Alicia's attempt to photograph the incident. Thus, in an over-the-top - some might say unprofessional response to Alicia's citizen journalism - the Denver sheriff (shown in the video), apparently bashed the diminutive young woman with his baton, knocked her to the ground, and left her sprawled across the pavement in pain.

After being helped to her feet by witnesses who were shocked at the officer's seemingly unprovoked aggression, Alicia was approached by on-site media who asked what precipitated the altercation with the sheriff.  When Alicia began to tell the media what happened, the sheriff, in still another questionable act, grabbed her, collared her gruffly, whisked her off the premises, and arrested her.

As I report this, young Alicia Forrest has just been released from jail, where she has spent the greater part of the day. Her charge was "Interference." Her bail was in excess of five hundred dollars.

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As Alicia explained to me this evening, the sheriff actually hit her TWICE with the baton - the first time off camera - the second time on. I personally witnessed the abrasions on Alicia's wrists from the tightly fastened plastic restraints. To the credit of the Denver Sheriff's Department, this incident is currently under investigation by their Internal Affairs Division. 

So judge for yourselves!! You've seen the video evidence. IS THIS REALLY WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE?!

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Linda Milazzo was a Managing Editor of Opednews until Fall 2014, and a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development (more...)
 

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....i really hope this helps bring those bully cop... by Hans Bennett on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:12:23 AM
And the thing to be aware of is that this is a Dem... by Samson on Friday, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:38:10 PM
to show the Dems as unruly, out of control. The fa... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 4:08:18 AM
Rob Kall is right on.  Look up old videos of ... by Shirley Bianchi on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 4:51:31 PM
I don't need to look at old videos. I saw it a... by Terry on Friday, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:08:10 AM
I am refering to your part in it. I am referring t... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 4:29:34 AM
with assault or whatever the use of unreasonable f... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 5:22:13 AM
by downloading this video. Latest version Realplay... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 5:32:27 AM
but as the video on youtube also has Linda's n... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 6:50:08 AM
Here it is.Prosecution and Code Enforcement Sectio... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 6:52:15 AM
it wasn't directed at you but at the general r... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 7:14:55 AM
and re time expirations on youtube and saving with... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 9:40:12 AM
Have you forgotten the Rodney King case?  Or ... by WML on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 4:46:02 PM
prosecutors realize that any jail sentence for a c... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 at 7:21:06 PM
prosecutors realize that any jail sentence for a c... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 at 7:22:37 PM
Of  course, videos can also be edited by the ... by Samson on Friday, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:32:51 PM
Here are some pictures on Wikipedia that might jog... by Mark E. Smith on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 6:49:16 AM
The U.S. government doesn't believe that there... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 7:20:55 AM
When those that lead have to be protected from tho... by Mr M on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 8:49:54 AM
You will not see the end of wars voting for e... by steve scheetz on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 9:13:48 AM
However, it does not matter, because BOTH "pa... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 10:31:28 AM
Have you read Greg Palast's book, Best Democra... by Mr M on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 11:21:32 AM
selection of candidates. So was my reply. Of cours... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 11:58:46 AM
makes no sense at all.... by Mr M on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:12:40 PM
You are not wrong to recognize that money coming f... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 1:09:34 PM
because the machine manipulation can be completely... by steve scheetz on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 6:35:41 PM
Tell me with what technology, (hardware, software,... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 at 1:01:21 AM
       One thing bot... by robert braunstein on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 9:40:23 AM
has the video here too. the results of a search fo... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 9:43:56 AM
the officer's face and get a still snap shot i... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 11:46:47 AM
Alicia said. And the idiot did it again. He had al... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:42:51 PM
The older I get the more I despise cops.Glorified ... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 9:51:32 AM
a lot of my friends are cops. I like cops ! Cops a... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:46:43 PM
   I agree, but in my town the cops have... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 1:18:31 PM
My bet is they cut their teeth on this type of inh... by tjb on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 10:15:19 AM
Funny, they're OK with that statement as long ... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 10:28:27 AM
We haven't seen anything yet. The fascists are... by Mr M on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 11:07:56 AM
Linda, thank you for posting this. I am so gratefu... by Kathryn Smith on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:49:48 PM
is a Constitutional Republic...(or is suppose... by Susan Nelsen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 1:04:21 PM
that freedom of speech is not protected. Hate to c... by Kathryn Smith on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 1:34:29 PM
Bill of Rights Amendment ICongress shall make no l... by Kathryn Smith on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 1:35:42 PM
but in the recording you link to from the Denver n... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 2:29:27 PM
but here again is your earlier link to the Rocky M... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 2:44:39 PM
you may be right, Brett. I don't think so but ... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 2:44:59 PM
What is the difference what this women said? The c... by robert braunstein on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 2:46:25 PM
They are helpers, like the volunteers in hospitals... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 4:21:33 PM
 The fact that we were ALL cheated in the &qu... by Ginger McClemons on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 6:39:47 PM
And if the few news reports that are out there pro... by scott creighton on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 8:08:54 PM
And if the few news reports that are out there pro... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 at 1:24:25 AM
Of course this is what 'Democracy' looks l... by Roger on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 7:36:06 PM
.... 'Of course this is what 'Democracy... by Ginger McClemons on Wednesday, Sep 3, 2008 at 2:14:57 AM
Real Democracy I think there is an interestin... by scott creighton on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 at 8:02:59 PM
Comment from Ratings:   a video speaks a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 at 11:11:32 AM
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At least Obama has a running mate that knows what ... by Ginger McClemons on Wednesday, Sep 3, 2008 at 2:52:46 AM