This is absolutely outrageous. The American police state has stooped to new lows with the arrest of Democracy Now’s amazing Amy Goodman. This is an absolute contradiction of the freedom of the press afforded us in the Constitution. Amy is famous. I’ve been following her stuff for years. How can they do this? Would they similarly arrest Oprah Winfrey? Outrageous.
Update 9:20pm. Alternet has a little information on the reason Goodman was arrested. I still don’t have a clear picture of what happened though.
Update 9:30pm. DemocracyNow.org has further information now. Goodman’s two producers were arrested for “rioting” and Goodman was arrested for “obstruction” of a “peace officer”. Here is an excerpt:
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.
All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar’s violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, “I’m Press! Press!,” resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman’s arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.
On Tuesday, Democracy Now! will broadcast video of these arrests, as well as the broader police action. These will also be available on: www.democracynow.org
Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.
Stay tuned for more of this ugly situation.