Archive for Sunday, February 1, 2009

Anti-police protest gets police escort

February 1, 2009


A protest condemning police brutality and state oppression ended up getting a police escort through the Oread neighborhood and downtown Lawrence on Saturday night.

A little before 7:30 p.m., a group of more than 30 protesters took off from South Park marching in the street, banging on drums, carrying signs and shouting chants that denounced the police.

As the group moved up 14th Street and along Kentucky Street, police provided an escort and stopped traffic at intersections so none of the protesters would get hit by vehicles.

The march continued east on Sixth Street and through a busy Massachusetts Street before ending near the Douglas County Courthouse at 11th and Massachusetts streets. Many of the participants dispersed into the Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library, 1109 Mass.

Before the march, one organizer warned participants that it was not a sanctioned event. The organizer, who refused to give her name to the Lawrence Journal-World, pointed to recent incidents as reason for the march. They included the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Oakland, Calif., another police shooting of a black man in Augusta, Ga., and Israel’s attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

So were the police there to provide protection, or intimidation?

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

"Anti-police protest gets police escort"Hey, Ronda... I'm an ex-anti-police protest, in my own right....,;-)

Haiku_Cuckoo 8 years ago

Ummm yeah, because police brutality is such a big problem in Lawrence. Sheesh. Maybe they should have taken their march to Oakland or Augusta.In any case, kudos to the LPD for taking the higher ground and giving these goofs an escort. It's a hilarious way to prove the protesters wrong about their notion of "the big bad police".Other than that, how did the protest work out for them? Did banging on bongos and chanting slogans bring an end to police brutality around the world? If not, maybe they weren't wearing enough patchouli to make the magic happen.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years ago

interesting very interesting, Both the article and some of the post.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

pointed to recent incidents as reason for the march. They included the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Oakland, Calif., another police shootingof a black man in Augusta, Ga., and Israel’s attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.---so, apparently Palestinians' targetting of israeli civilians first and well documented ties to Iran and terrorism, that's okay! antisemetic left at it again. boy, this little tantrum sure did change a lot of things around the country! all it did was interfere with average citizens' lives, and put the police to protecting the ingrateful. funny how the ranting clown automatically assumes it was police intimidation. who's he gonna call if he's the victim of a crime? or, if his life is at risk? oh, yeah, he'll call down to the anarchist building...yeah, riiiiiight.

Harpo 8 years ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus............ "So were the police there to provide protection, or intimidation?"Bozo........I suppose your question was rhetorical, but I'm pretty confident it was the former. I'm sure the irony was not lost on the officers involved, and of course "intimidation" can be perceived when not intended.Here's another rhetorical question: If the police were aware of the march, and hadn't provided the escort, and one or more of these protesters had been run over by a vehicle, who would be getting blamed for not doing their most basic job providing public safety?

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

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alm77 8 years ago

Um, this event was advertised as an "Anti-Police STATE Demonstration" to raise awareness of the recent abuses of power and police brutality across the country (our country, where we have the right to a trial, not a beating on site). Where you all unaware of the recent uptick in such events recently? I didn't go, and I don't know these people, but that's how it was advertised. Also, why is there no author listed on this article?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

Harpo-- I wasn't at the march, so I don't know how either the marchers or the police behaved towards each other. However, the police in Lawrence have been known to act towards protesters in ways that were clearly meant to intimidate.Still, you're right that if they didn't show up at all, and something happened, they probably would be called to task for it.

jaywalker 8 years ago

"But many suffer from horrible delusions that they are protecting citizens by taking away their rights.Thanks rightwing!"You're so very, very sad, logrithmic. No kiddin', I feel sorry for ya.

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years ago

Ah yes, the weather is warming up and it is time for the trust fund radicals to come out of the woodwork.

rcb187 8 years ago

I think it is often forgotten that both Israelis and Palestinians are Semites, therefore those against military aggression from Israel are not anti-Semitic, but pro-Semitic and anti-Zionist. I am not sure when the Jewish faith became equated with the Israeli state in the minds of most Americans, but it has served the Israel lobby and American oil companies well. Also, I do happen to know many "conservatives" who are quite opposed to Israeli aggression,especially the uncritical U.S. funding of it. Unfortunately, many on both the American "left" and "right" (Obama included) have uncritically supported Zionism.

Sigmund 8 years ago

madmike (Anonymous) says… "Pretty much what I would expect of the looney left in Larryville."Pretty much what I would expect from the LPD, professionalism.

somebodynew 8 years ago

Oh, and keep in mind that the marchers themselves stated that it was non-authorized event. So, they knew they were breaking the rules, and yet the Police still protected them. And they did not cause a bigger problem by trying to stop them.

Steve Jacob 8 years ago

Thanks for bring the attention to the "another police shooting of a black man in Augusta, Ga." I did not know killing a guy with a long record and trying to hit police officers with his SUV was enough to protest about.

Fugu 8 years ago

Events like this can get ugly really fast. I have always been impressed with the LPD and how they handle these situations. I thought the way the handled the thousands of people during March Madness last year on Mass was suberb as well as several other parades and protests that have happened since.Kudos LPD

Alexander Neighbors 8 years ago

so more people than just the yellow house store owners are effected by the few dirty police officers.....interesting BTW does any one know when the neighbors will go to trial ??

Alexander Neighbors 8 years ago

Citizens POLICE REVIEW BOARD !!! LAWRENCE NEEDS it to stop the dirty cops. IF the police work to protect the people the people need to have oversight in police work.

LadyJ 8 years ago

bndairdundat--Now see what you've done.

zeushoos 8 years ago

As the little dignity they had left was fleeing before their eyes, the police blocked traffic for us AFTER they attempted to shut us down. Even tho we had people set up to block traffic for us already. Also I'd like to add to the list in this article the killing of 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropolous in Greece among many others who you will never hear of thanx to the weak(most police, not all police) who force their control on other weak people(the poor) and the completely biased press of our nation. If there was only a way for you to see that we must never settle for what little freedoms we're given. Take the red pill!!!"All tyranny needs to gain foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." -Thomas Jefferson

zeushoos 8 years ago

It's a metaphor that most people can relate to. Good job trying to make me look crazy tho.

zeushoos 8 years ago

Personally, I believe that even our founding fathers knew that our government was limited. All they could do was give us advice in the hopes that we might salvage what bad people ruin."That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.""Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." -More Thomas JeffersonWe are now living in a country where the illiteracy rate is ever climbing and our press is far from free. You can sit by and watch this spiral out of control or you can participate and build a better world for your children.

Sigmund 8 years ago

Some cowardly female has a bad case of PMS decides to lead a illegal protest of the Oakland police shooting of a unarmed black man in California, the Augusta police shooting of a black man in Georgia, and the war in Gaza. The next time the LJW covers this could you please send a reporter with a camera? Picture is worth a thousands words, or so they say.Still I'm pretty sure she was identified in the police reports so charge her with unlawful assembly, disturbing the peace, and for the expenses of a police escort. Next time she will follow the law and hopefully protest against something here in Lawrence like all the mean people, or littering, or something.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

so more people than just the yellow house store owners are effected by the few dirty police officers…..interesting BTW does any one know when the neighborswill go to trial ??---or, who really cares. ***what the anarchists don't know or if they do they won't tell you is this: BART tensions in the sf-bay area have been very bad for several months because of homeless jumping the turnstyles, getting on the trains without fares. homeless and hispanic have been doing this en masse in recent months, going to "protests" mostly opposed to enforcing our immigration laws and the border. there is much more stress for a BART police officer now than a year ago. and, many of the radicals are doing that intentionally. sadly, this group is really a mainstay in the local perminent protestor class. I'm a bit surprised the newspaper even chose to cover their little tantrum. if you chart them, these happen every two to four weeks, and the targets range from the u.s. army to the governor of a mexican state! sad silly little scruffies.

alakazam 8 years ago

so if it wasn't sanctioned and they were decrying police brutality why didn't the police just let them get hit. maybe then they would realize what happens elsewhere while bad does not define all police. but at least the police were there to help them from not hurting themselves or others.

jumpin_catfish 8 years ago

Damn mean police, let's get rid of them and hire bozo to police city. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

yes,implicit in Bonzo's comments is his assumption that he could do it better than the LPD!he also thinks himself brighter than the founding fathers. pride goes before destruction. ***Sigmund,you may have hit on something. like I said, chart their outbursts, about every two-four weeks. if there are two PMS'ing females not in sync, then there you go. you do know that these people avoid deodorant, and I bet they avoid hormone replacement therapy! probably shun birth control for the same reasons. you know man, the big pharmaceutical conspiracy man, trying to control all of us!

Sigmund 8 years ago

21-4101. Disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is, with knowledge or probable cause to believe that such acts will alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or other breach of the peace:(a) Engaging in brawling or fighting; or(b) Disturbing an assembly, meeting, or procession, not unlawful in its character; or(c) Using offensive, obscene, or abusive language or engaging in noisy conduct tending reasonably to arouse alarm, anger or resentment in others.Disorderly conduct is a class C misdemeanor. Unlawful assembly. (a) Unlawful assembly is the meeting or coming together of not less than five persons for the purpose of engaging in conduct constituting either disorderly conduct, as defined by K.S.A. 21-4101 and amendments thereto, or a riot, as defined by K.S.A. 21-4104 and amendments thereto, or when in a lawful assembly of not less than five persons, agreeing to engage in such conduct.(b) Unlawful assembly is a class B nonperson misdemeanor. 21-4103. Remaining at an unlawful assembly. (a) Remaining at an unlawful assembly is intentionally failing to depart from the place of an unlawful assembly after being directed to leave by a law enforcement officer.(b) Remaining at an unlawful assembly is a class A nonperson misdemeanor.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years ago

its interesting to see that its been 4 years 3 months federal charges have been dropped twice and brought back but still no trial date set ? (this is all public record) just google carrie neighbors yellow house . And BAM its all there !I think people of Lawrence are waking up !! of course what happened to the yellow house is happening to other people the dirty police just don't wake up one day dirty.... they do little things here and there until they really mess up... Then the people of Lawrence DEMAND a review board to weed out the dirty cops.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

sigmund,sounds like each of the "protestors" should be facing three charges minimum. wonder if LPD photographed them this time. once LPD did that, and the scruffies got really paranoid! LOL.***I think people of Lawrence are waking up !! of course what happened to the yellow house is happening to other people the dirty police just don't wake upone day dirty…. they do little things here and there until they really mess up… Then the people of Lawrence DEMAND a review board to weed out the dirtycops.---zzzzzzzzzz2ZZZZZZZZZZ!

monkeywrench1969 8 years ago

Same thing different day..."look at me...look at me....look what I can do..."

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