We are trying to locate our arrestees. They have not been inputed to the county inmate database and we have been told they will not be. We demand that they be released in a timely fashion. We demand that they have access to lawyers immediately. We still, for the time being, have Habeas Corpus, so it is illegal for these men and women to be held in a secret location. We appeal to the 1400 officers involved in the paramilitary-style raid to uphold their oaths to serve and protect the constitution and refuse any order that is in violation of this oath.
Police used violence and shock-and-awe tactics (including haz-mat suits and sonic weapons) to establish a kenneled area and arrest everybody in the park. We were, the police say, an “unlawful assembly”. According to our latest report, 292 peaceful citizens were arrested. As Tent City, a.k.a. Hoovertown, a.k.a. Occupy Los Angeles fell to hostile forces implementing terror tactics, a hundreds of onlockers congressed around Main and 1st. Police declared this too an “Unlawful Assembly”. What is an “unlawful assembly?” I didn’t know, so I decided to look it up on Google. I was morbidly titilated to find that Occupy Los Angeles ranked #4 in PageRank for that term this afternoon.
This is very confusing to me. According to the constitution, we have a right to assemble. According to the California DMV manual, pedestrians have the right of way in all streets. What then, is the legal justification for declaring an “unlawful assembly”?
Someone told me once that we no longer have rule of law in this country. I am starting to believe this. Laws were originally designed to protect the meek from the criminally powerful. Now it has been perverted to protect the criminally powerful from the rest of the population, who demand justice. We will have justice; all civil servants who know that their oath is to the People, not to Profits, will join us.