Almost everyone can be a potential violent protester at the Democratic National Convention, according to a new bulletin issued by the Denver Police Department and leaked to the ACLU.
The bulletin lists myriad items police should watch out for, including "caches of supplies that could be used by violent demonstrators." The publication intended for commissioned police officers was provided to RAW STORY Thursday.
On the list? Plastic shields, football helmets, gas masks, baseball catch protectors, cases of nails, hand held radios, maps, bicycles, and protest sign handles ("perfect for swinging at first responders"). The police say they're also worried about people with large numbers of city maps or "camping information."
"Football, baseball, motorcycle and bicycle helmets are all used by violent protesters," the bulletin warns. "Bicycles are used to blockade sidewalks, streets and can be used to slow down responding emergency vehicles."
Camping information is a threat, too, such as "information concerning the camping, boarding or housing of potential violent protesters that have rented campaign spaces, rented farms or land for the time period around the DNC."
Maps are worrisome because they're "frequently used by violent protester [sic] to plan direct actions against conventioneers."
Yeesh. What a bunch of pussies.
The Denver PD has said it may conduct mass arrests of people who are doing nothing wrong and put them in 'Gitmo on the Platte'. Remember that one definition of 'government' is a 'monopoly on violence'. Granted they have to be ready, but another old saying is 'if a thing's worth doing, it's worth overdoing', but in my youth it applied mostly to booze and dope.
They won't be making arrests for small quantities of weed. My advice to protesters is to remain peaceful and non-violent, light up en masse and give the convention, the cops, all of Denver, a contact high. Heh.
Rumor (and I'm starting it!) outta St. Paul is the cops are gearing up for an onslaught of 'moral values' at the Repug convention by tripling the size of the vice squad and implementing a Fast Perv Response Team.