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Capitol Hill Police "football tackled" activist who was in line to enter hearing room for General Petreusí testimony

Original post made by Dr. Ferragaom, Stanford, on Sep 11, 2007

Rev. Lennox Yearwood now has a broken leg, he's in a cast, and he's being arraigned for assaulting an officer and disorderly conduct.

See for yourself what tranpired: Web Link

The Wikipedia page for Rev. Lennox: Web Link

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Posted by no go
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2007 at 3:28 pm

It is called not having an INVITATION and trying to gate crash..waiting in line has nothing to do with it.And honest to Pete, does anyone here honestly believe that not listening to the police who are asking you to vacate is NOT a threat to our elected officials?

And, the last time I watched football, it didn't look anything like these guys who tried to bring the Rev outside, and who then RESISTED.

sorry, no go. Thanks for the videotape. I nice example of an attempt at a set-up, a twisting of facts, and a great example of different perspectives from eyewitness reports.


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Posted by Dr. Ferragamo
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 11, 2007 at 3:40 pm


Rev. Yearwood: "The officers decided I was not going to get in General Petreaus' hearing when they saw my button, which says 'I LOVE THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ.'"


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Posted by pretty straight forward
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2007 at 5:45 pm

He clearly disobeyed the officer's directions and then resisted arrest which resulted in his injuries.


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Posted by Dr. Ferragamo
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 12, 2007 at 8:07 am


Those cops had a dozen other ways to peacefully managed the situation.

They deliberately provoked and escalated the situation by crowding around Rev. Yearwood.

And since when is it necessary to break someone's leg during an arrest?

Those cops were looking for trouble.

And those cops were deliberately rough on Rev. Yearwood.






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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 12, 2007 at 8:45 am

Ferragamo,

Nail on the head. The criminals were wearing blue here. "We must always remember that the police are recruited from the criminal classes."

Pretty,

I guess I better not argue a traffic ticket in your world lest I be shot in the head. The would be pretty straight-forward, too.



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Posted by pretty straight forward
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:15 am

If he had cooperated, he would not have gotten injured. Funny that the camera was there rolling before anything happened. Did he really break his leg or just claim it for the camera? UPI did not report a broken leg, they reported an ankle injury. Its not uncommon to have protesters at these events, try to "set up" the DC cops.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:49 am

"If he had cooperated, he would not have gotten injured."

I followed what you meant the first time. Jump when the cop says jump or he'll break your ankles. Sounds like the mob.



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Posted by pretty straight forward
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:55 am

so an officer tells someone, he is under arrest and he tries to get away. Yeah, a twisted ankle might happen as a result as the officer takes control.


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Posted by Dr. Ferragamo
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 12, 2007 at 10:02 am

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Posted by pretty straight forward
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2007 at 11:29 am

Just because you disagree is no reason to resort to name calling.

Had he cooperated with the lawful arrest, he would not have had his ankle twisted. The injury was a consequence of his own actions.


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