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R2K Protest Organizers Accuse Philadelphia Police of Mistreatment

HeadlineAug 04, 2000

Meanwhile, on the streets of Philadelphia which were relatively peaceful in the last day, R2K protest organizers are accusing the Philadelphia police of mistreating people arrested during protest at the GOP convention. In a press conference yesterday near the Roundhouse, R2K lawyers said that the hundreds of people arrested so far, most are still in cells awaiting arraignment. Bails run from $15,000 to $1 million, in one instance. Most demonstrators have been charged with misdemeanors. And the R2K legal team reports that certain individuals carrying radios or cell phones were arrested in a general crackdown by the police throughout the city. R2K is reporting that police hogtied some prisoners in the cells so that they cannot move. Some have been denied medication, and women have relayed messages that they have been denied access to the bathrooms.

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