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2000-08-18

Democracy Now! Confronts Police Over Internal Document

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Earlier this week, Democracy Now! Producer Jeremy Scahill reported on an internal police document entitled "Emergency Preparedness Bulletin: DNC 2000 Planning Group." Dated August 2000. According to a source that saw the document, it was distributed as a brief for Los Angeles Police Officers to prepare themselves for protesters at the Democratic Convention. The source said the document characterizes protesters as extremists and anarchists and details what it calls Methods for disobedience and disruption.

According to the source, these methods include taking eggs, sucking out the contents and filling them with acid and other dangerous substances. It also says the protesters use puppets , which are often colorful or Humorous, are used like Trojan Horses to conceal devices such as sticks that could be used as weapons. In general, our source that saw the document says it reinforces an "us and them" mentality with demonstrators.

Well, just a few days ago at a march against police corruption and police brutality, at the Rampart Police Station, Jeremy Scahill and I questioned two police spokesmen about the Emergency Preparedness Bulletin. The first officer we talked to was Captain Mike Moore of the LAPD. He is then followed by Sergeant Pasquirello.

Tape:

  • Amy And Jeremy Confront the Police

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