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Horrible treatment by police after arrest at Sen. Kerry's office (english)
22 Mar 2003
Modified: 23 Mar 2003
Alice Brown describes treatment after being arrested in nonviolent CD at Sen Kerry's office.
Horrible treatment by police after arrest at Sen. Kerry's office

With Alice's permission this email description of her treatment at the hands of local police was forwarded to email lists, reposted here for IndyMedia readers. Alice is 65, non-threatening and soft spoken woman. Her son David is in the reserve and was sent to the Gulf a while ago. Alice is part of an organization called Military Families Speak Out http://www.mfso.org

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You might want to know that when we planned our CD action the other night, we nominated Sen. kerrey's office as a prime target. After so many futile meetings, we thought it appropriate but the JFK building won out. My jail virginity has been taken. I was one of the 40 arrested two days ago at the JFK Building in Boston, protesting this insane illegal war, under the U.N. charter and our own laws.

The lies from the TV networks continue, as they relay Bush's lies as the propaganda channels they are. But while the real criminals continue to run this country and its corporations, we the patriotic many (and growing) will be continuing to protest this war until it
is brought down.

It is the first time the anti-war movement has started
from the beginning of a war, and the first time we have begun the dangerous precedent of launching pre-emptive strikes.

All of this was in my mind as the police handcuffed me and launched me into the paddy wagon to the cries of "Shame, Shame" from hundreds of supporters. Out of the eyes of the camera, and ordinary citizens, once at the jail, the care of the police ended. I am 65 years old, with bad knees and hypoglycemia, protesting the illegal sending of my son, Major David Floyd, into harm's way in Kuwait (today, Iraq).

I could not get out of the paddy wagon, as I was on the floor with my arms handcuffed behind me and weigh about 175 pounds with all the clothes that were on me to protect from the cold of the City Hall Plaza.

The cops cleared all others out of the wagon, but one brave woman who told them she was staying behind to ensure no harm came to me. They pulled her out as well. They then dragged me to the edge of the wagon and dropped me onto my knees on the concrete. Screaming at the pain, I was shocked to feel them dragging me by my arms behind my back about 20 feet into the holding cell, and this in full view of the other jail police.

When the women asked for medical help for me, still on the floor, an obese white cop shouted, "What's an old woman like that doing at this anyhow?" They replied that I had a son in Kuwait, and he rolled up his sleeve to show him his military tattoo????? It was so surreal, I was in shock at the absurdity of what I was seeing.

They finally agreed to an EMT as my hand began swelling where
the handcuffs had been forced into my hand by the weight of my body used as leverage when they dragged me by my arms.

About a half hour later, while they're outside laughing about all this, one comes in and tells the others they have to get out before an EMT can come in.

One more lie.

Again, the same woman, bless her--Rebecca, refuses to leave me alone and hurting. They drag her out.

I lie there alone, wondering how long it would have taken had I been truly badly wounded... At this point I don't know if my kneecaps or limbs have been broken, as I can't move my legs, and my shoulders are hurting (as they still do).

An EMT enters who takes pulse, blood pressure, discovers that I have lost range of motion to my left leg and left hand. (I am now wearing a brace and a sling). He suggests that I go to the hospital, but having only Medicare, I demur. I also feared any further contact with
police outside the sight of witnesses. He put on a sling, I signed a
statement and he left.

As they booked me, they removed the sling and of course, the hand continued to swell. In my cell, the pain was helped by the songs we women sung to one another, using Jewish and Catholic chants as well as meditation tones. The acoustics were wonderful!!!!

About 2 hours later, we bailed ourselves out to the family reunion atmosphere of our supporters in the jail's lobby. I now know: jail is not a scary place. My 1st Amendment rights have been continually violated over the last few days (see 'Arraignment" and the confiscation of my coat, sweater, purse by federal agents under the excuse "no anti-governments signs allowed" ... I had "Stop War" on the back of my coat.)

So when my son is asked "What are you fighting for?" , he can say, "So my mother can live in a police state, and maybe stay out of jail." Until we try to exercise our rights, we will never know how many we've lost in this day of a military dictatorship.

So it will be jail for me between trials, until the war is over. (The law states, "If the person is considered a threat to himself or others, and commits a similar offense ('illegal' trespassing and disorderly conduct, he can be jailed for 60 days with no bail allowed.), Civil disobedience by middle-class, educated people like me is the only way we are going to get the people's attention, and this illegal administration ousted.

Alice Copeland Brown
10 Reservoir Circle, Canton, Ma. 02021
781-575-0054
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Shame (english)
22 Mar 2003
Alice,

I can only say one thing.

Shame.

Shame on you. Shame on your selfishness and shame on your idea that you are the voice for your son and all the others fighting against this evil tyrant. You say you are an educated person. If so, how smart are you to put yourself in a situation you already know the outcome to. I cant speak for how you were handled by the Police since I wasnt there, but a woman with all your problems should have had the common sense to not be one of the persons who pre-arranged to be arrested for civil disobedience.
Shame on Shame (english)
22 Mar 2003
Shame,

How dare YOU write the words you did, which appear to place blame for police brutality on the victim of the brutality.

You ask why this woman would commit civil disobedience in an attempt to get a message across to a Senator who is not representing her will or opinions. You say she should be ashamed of this. But worst of all, you say that she should have known she'd be treated like a sandbag by cops who are letting out their macho and superpatriotic angst on her. You say that "a woman in her condition" should not have done such a thing. So anyone who is not in tip-top shape should not express their opinions in whatever way they choose, because the police just happen to be rough... and don't worry, it's not the police's fault, they're just rough. Oops, just happened to injure this woman. Oops, just happened to break that man's rib. Oops, just happened to get a plunger stuck in a man's rectum... How far can it go before it is absolutely clear that this authority is being hugely abused? That the police are acting as thought-police? That intimidation is crushing dissent.

Shame on you shame for your spiteful words against Alice.

Whatever flag you fly, I would burn it.
goes without saying (english)
22 Mar 2003
how smart are you to put yourself in a situation you already know the outcome to.

That she already knew the outcome of? So it goes without saying a 65-year-old woman will be brutalized by the police? How comforting.
thank you alice (english)
23 Mar 2003
alice, thanks for your story and courage. your experience brings clarity. Indeed, it is surreal at times, as we saw yesterday marching from Park St we passed the counterdemonstrators who held up the Boston Herald supersized photo of fires in Baghdad. I could not imagine what meaning they meant to convey to us.

For hope and reason,
Joy