Sheriff admits to illegal use of spies on protesters

September 9, 2008

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Free Speech Radio News reporter Aura Bogado speaks with Ramsey County, MN Sheriff Bob Fletcher about his office’s year-long investigation into members of the RNC Welcoming Committee, who have now been charged with terrorism and three other charges.  Fletcher expresses his pride that their investigation resulted in pre-emptive arrest of eight local coordinators of the group, which, according to him, has led to the out-of-town anarchists being disorganized. Following Fletcher, hosts Sonali Kolhatkar and Mitch Jeserich interview Charles Samuelson, Executive Director of the ACLU of Minnesota, for his response.

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Cops were ‘spoiling for a fight’

September 4, 2008

from the Star Tribune:

As the city of St. Paul heads into one last day of convention hoopla — and one final day of protests — state civil liberties leaders have accused St. Paul police of making many improper arrests and in some cases, provoking more problems.

“I think some of the police on the street have been very aggressive physically,” said Charles Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota. “The phrase is ‘spoiling for a fight.'”

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