Update: To try to make sure this gets the coverage it deserves, go here.
Amy Goodman is a well-know commentator and activist, who hosts Democracy Now!, the United States’ leading independent news program. And she’s out of jail now. But she questioned the police about their arresting others from Democarcy Now!, and that was enough, apparently. At least, no one seems to have come up with a convincing story about her breaking the law.
The video is disturbing. After it, a quote from the Democracy Now site:
More than 280 people were arrested here in St. Paul Monday, the opening day of the Republican National Convention. Among them were several journalists covering the protests in the streets, including three of us at Democracy Now! Amy was detained trying to question police officers about the arrests of Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar
UPDATE: The arrests were described on Tuesday’s program, a podcast and transcript of which should be available at the site linked to above. The police actions were arbitrary and lawless. Police refused to identify themselves, people asking appropriate questions were told to shut up, complaints about painfully tight plastic handcuffs resulted in tighter handcuffs, press passes were riped off reporters and receipts refused. The press appeared to have been targeted. Such actions are obviously a threat to democracy and the citizens’ right to know what is going on.