FBI Harassment at liberation conf

Agent Smiley (smiley_777@hotmail.com)
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 23:31:17 PST


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Civil Rights Lawsuit Readied Following Boca Raton Incident
FT LAUDERDALE – A news conference will be held Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at 
the Ft. Lauderdale Federal Courthouse (299 East Broward Blvd) to 
announce details of a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of students 
and other community activists harassed by police last weekend in Boca 
Raton as they attempted to hold a "liberation" conference.

A representative working in conjunction with civil rights groups will be 
on hand for the news conference (main entrance to the courthouse).

Among the expected defendants are the Boca Raton Police Dept.,
Federal Bureau of Investigation and Florida Atlanta University. Causes 
of action include defamation, conspiracy, illegal search and seizure, 
death threats and other civil rights violations under all applicable 
federal and state laws.

This will all be elaborated upon at the news conference Wednesday.

Police reportedly threatened to shoot attendees  — including those from 
the Native American (AIM), African-American, environmental and
animal rights movements from throughout the U.S. —  stopped others 
without provocation, searched vehicles without probable cause and 
detained others for hours without charging them with any offense.

Contact: ACLC/California (916) 452-7179
*Note: Please contact us if you cannot attend the news briefing. The rep 
is available for separate interviews, upon request...

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
February 15, 1999

NEWS CONFERENCE, PICKET SET
MONDAY TO PROTEST ACTIONS
OF BOCA RATON POLICE, FBI

        BOCA RATON, FL – A major news conference has been called for
Monday at 10 a.m. at the Boca Raton Police Dept. (100 NW 2nd Ave) to 
reveal details of shocking civil rights violations by police and the FBI 
at a national conference on grassroots activism here this weekend.

        A picket will be held following the news conference. 
Confrontations with police and arrests are possible. An anti-fur protest 
will also be held at 11:30 a.m.  Monday at the Town Center Mall 
Bloomingdale's.

        According to civil liberties group representatives, local, state 
and federal officers violated the civil rights of community-based 
activists — including those from the Native American (AIM), 
African-American, environmental and animal rights movements from 
throughout the U.S. — attending the "Total Liberation Conference" in 
Boca Raton Friday through Sunday. 

        Police reportedly threatened to shoot attendees, stopped others 
without provocation, searched vehicles without probable cause and 
detained others for hours without charging them with any offense.

        The overreaction of police also forced a local university to 
cancel the reservations made by conference organizers. When the 
conference sought to move into a nearby park, local police declared the 
park closed to the public.

Chuck0
Communitas Network

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FBI Harassment at liberation conference

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