malicious police charges FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 18 Dec 1997 14:42:07 -0800 (PST)


FWD:  Reply to  "Benson, Marnie" <marnie@opc.on.ca>

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone out there has any information about cases
where the people have fought back against the police for (a) excessive
use of force, and (b) malicious charges used against activists who
participate in political protest.  There seems to be an increased use of
force and other tactics to silence political protest....  eg., excessive
use of pepper spray against anti-APEC protestors in Vancouver; the way
the police surrounded, trapped, and arrested all 108 anti-poverty
protestors who took food from the swanky hotel in Montreal; and the way
the police seemed to be using really trumped up charges against those
they are arresting (ie. not just simple charges like trespassing,
disturbing the peace... they're using charges like criminal mischief,
theft over, conspiracy).  Their intent with such tactics is obvious...
but is anyone responding?  Does anyone know of cases where the people
have fought against this crap through legal channels (or other)?  I
noticed that in Eugene, Oregon a group is filing a civil suit against
the cops for excessive use of pepper spray during an anti-tree-cutting
demo, but I need Canadian examples.  Anyone?  I realize that this is not
the most secure channel to be having this discussion but if anyone can
steer me in the right direction that would be much appreciated.
peace,
marnie  <marnie@opc.on.ca>

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