PLEASE FORWARD THIS IMMEDIATELY TO ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS OF THE TWIN CITIES AND BEYOND
We citizens of the Twin Cities of Minnesota do not support violence to property or person done by anarchists, punks, petty criminals or agent provocateurs, but they are by no means the only ones who have been violating the law in the Twin Cities in and around the Republican National Convention this week and they represent a minute portion of those detained by law enforcement over the past few days.
The pervasive lawlessness and Bull Conner-esque preemptive violence by riot police against peaceful protesters in Saint Paul and preemptive assault, search & seizure on independent journalists in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul demands immediate response by the leaders of our two cities.
For the latest citizen journalist perspectives on the RNC, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/UpTakeVideo
Please join me in demanding immediate action from local leaders.
IMMEDIATELY, RESPECTFULLY AND PEACEFULLY contact each of these offices in person (best) or by phone and/or FAX demanding:
An immediate joint Town Hall meeting to call law enforcement to account for their actions and to insist upon:
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1). An immediate cease to the pattern of preemptive violence done to peaceful protesters by law enforcement.
2). The immediate release of all peacefully protesting detainees and citizen journalists being held in Ramsey County.
3). The immediate release and return of all personal property taken from the detainees.
4). An honest and open divulgence of whether or not riot police were privately contracted, and if so, from what corporation or company?
5). An immediate public review of the preemptive arrest policy being carried out under the leadership of Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher.
5th District (Minneapolis area) Honorable Representative Keith Ellison
2100 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: (612) 522-1212
Fax: (612) 522-9915
4th District (St. Paul area) Honorable Representative Betty McCollum
165 Western Avenue North, Suite 17
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-3056 / fax
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
Room 331 City Hall
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
390 City Hall
15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 266-8510
Fax: (651) 266-8513
Saint Paul Police Chief John M. Harrington
Saint Paul Police Department
367 Grove Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan
350 South 5th Street Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389
Fax: (612) 673-2613
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher
425 Grove Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Contact your Minneapolis City Council Member: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/
Contact your Saint Paul City Council Member: http://www.stpaul.gov/index.asp?nid=553
ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!!! PLEASE TAKE TEN MINUTES TODAY TO CONTACT EACH OF THESE CIVIC LEADERS. INNOCENT VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.