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Street Medic Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail for Working at a Protest

May 30, 2002
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A street medic has been sentenced to 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine for working at a non-violent protest in Long Beach, California.

Her crime was "unlawful assembly" and "wearing a mask with the intent to commit a crime".

Sarah Roberts is an animal rights activist, but worked as a medic at a May Day protest last year. Protesters say she was arrested along with almost one hundred protesters after the Long Beach police began firing on the crowd with rubber bullets. She began serving her prison term immediately upon sentencing last Thursday.

Guest:

  • Julie Roberts, sister of Sarah Roberts, an animal rights activist who was sent to prison for 6 months for "unlawful assembly" and "wearing a mask with the intent to commit a crime". Julie is an organizer with ACORN in New Jersey.

Music:

  • Midnight Ravers–The Wailers, Catch A Fire

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