I have not been able to find a news reference on line for this yet, not even AP seems to have it, but I can tell you what I heard on the car radio moments ago. A group of documentary film makers who have previously documented police abuse of demonstrators in other cities has just arrived in Saint Paul. The Saint Paul Police found them, harassed them, and took away their cameras and other equipment.

The only thing we know so far is what the film makers are claiming. The police agree that something happened but say that their version is different. I believe the police are also saying that they acted in accordance with Patriot Act law.

There really is going to be something entirely different going on in St. Paul than has been going on in Denver, where Police Outnumber Protesters At DNC.

… on Sunday, organizers of the No More Occupation march — with a permit for as many as 25,000 people — drew a crowd of 1,000. A march later that day was expected to draw 20,000 people. About 40 showed up.

I think people just are not that mad at the Democrats. I heard a story, on NPR, about a protest planned for the US Mint in Denver. The reporter giving the story went with dozens of other reporters to cover it. He found machine gun nests established on the high ground, snipers on nearby roofs, ATF and other federal agents everywhere, some armored vehicles,etc.

Then the protesters came. It was two guys. Two. One was dressed as a wizard. The wizard approached the mint, then said that he was going to levitate himself. He tried that for a while, then everyone went home.

The levitation was not successful, though I’m sure it was a riot. Funny ha ha riot, not break the store windows and run home with the TV riot.


  1. #1 Virgil Samms
    August 27, 2008

    The Minnesota Independent has an article.

  2. #2 Virgil Samms
    August 27, 2008

    That article states that the Minneapolis Police Dept., not St. Paul, were involved.

  3. #3 Virgil Samms
    August 27, 2008

    Here’s the article at Minnesota Public Radio:
    Minneapolis cops confiscate cameras
    It’s easy to find articles if you search on Minneapolis rather than St. Paul.

  4. #4 Virgil Samms
    August 27, 2008
  5. #5 Greg Laden
    August 27, 2008

    Virg, thanks. I think this just came up as it was not there when I wrote the post on mpr. The strib … I did search for minneapolis and st paul but this did not come up. Anyway, thanks for the links.

  6. #6 Serjis Werking
    August 27, 2008

    Freedom of the press in a police state? Get real.

  7. #7 Romeo Vitelli
    August 27, 2008

    Someone dressed as a wizard tried to levitate into the mint and the fundies didn’t pick up on it? I should think they would be all over this flagrant case of satanists run amuck!