i figured that was a more accurate headline, and more in-line with the standard of reporting for the major news outlets.
they used a different headline, one calculated to minimize the violence and to try to direct our attention to law enforcement, nudging us a little toward the myth that the police wrongly held peaceful protesters or whatever:
(please note: the boldface is my inclusion, meant to make the facts clear, so you won’t be confused by all the fluff left to misdirect you into thinking the police, the city of St. Paul, or the RNC did something wrong)
Hundreds to be charged in court after RNC protests
By Scott J. Anderson CNN
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — Almost 300 people will be formally charged in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday after they were arrested during protests at the Republican National Convention, a police spokesman said.
Police detain people Monday at the Xcel Energy Center, site of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
Police arrested 284 people Monday after firing projectiles, pepper spray and tear gas to disperse a crowd demonstrating near the convention site.
Police used plastic handcuffs to detain between 20 and 30 of them a few blocks from the security perimeter around the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.
St. Paul police said 130 of the 284 arrested were being held on felony charges. The rest were charged with various misdemeanors.
A crowd of about 300 people conducted what appeared to be a sit-in in a parking lot near the Mississippi River on Monday.
Earlier in the day, a group of self-described anarchists threw park benches into streets and smashed windows, police said.
St. Paul police spokesman Thomas Walsh said Monday afternoon that some of those arrested are accused of property damage and conspiracy to riot.
The arrest of the “anarchists” came after almost 5,000 protesters marched peacefully outside the site of the convention. Walsh said they were part of a “splinter group” of the main body of protesters. He said he would not characterize their activity as a protest.
“I think they did a disservice to those that came here to protest,” he said.
Five police cars were among the property that was damaged
On Sunday, police saw little disruption ahead of the convention, which was scaled back because of Hurricane Gustav. Despite Monday’s disruptions, the security plan is working, Walsh said.
“We had some expectation that there may be some of this activity,” he said.
The Republican convention, which began Monday, has been designated a “national special security event,” which means the Secret Service is responsible for planning and implementing security.
But the primary responsibility for street-level security falls to local police agencies. St. Paul received $50 million in federal grant money to pay for additional security. View the convention security plan »
The St. Paul Police Department estimated it would require $34 million to pay 3,500 extra officers. The remaining money is for training and equipment, the department said.
Numerous federal agencies are helping provide security, including the FBI, Federal Protective Service, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration.
CNN’s Steve Turnham, Kevin Myers and Joe Johns contributed to this report.
Though unrelated, it was interesting to me that, because of a law which sets an equal amount of money aside for each of the two parties (would it be divided 3 ways if there were a strong 3rd party?), the RNC was given $50 million, and the DNC was given $50 millon. The DNC blew through all of theirs (they built Obama a greek temple! they fought 5 friendly anti-abortion protesters! they cleaned Denver’s streets of homeless!), and needed additional financial assistance, while the RNC paid for the police and gave them the remaining $16 million for police training and equipment. When you consider there is a lot more violence and crime in St. Paul than there is in Denver, that’s pretty cool! It’s also cool that the republicans scaled down their ‘party’, as McCain brilliantly nailed it, so as not to draw attention from the danger and property damage inflicted on Louisiana by the hurricane … despite racist conspiricist Mayor Nagin and his rude comments (i saw him in an interview, talking about how he met Bush to discuss the problem, and he said – quote -“and i met with Bush, ‘n he already knew what was goin’ on ‘cos he’s got his spies ‘n everything” … huh? freaking retard! ever see Idiocracy? um, yeah)
ANYWAY, my point in posting this news article is that there were NO illegal protesters at the DNC, even despite the propaganda and syndicated false witness aimed at starting a scandal. The only known protests were a bunch of friendly, praying anti-abortionists standing in the designated (by permit) area with big wheelie-crosses.
On the other hand, nearly 5,000 protesters marched in St. Paul, with at least 300 of them throwing benches into the street, smashing windows, damaging police cars, and committing other felony acts. I know they’ll all be proclaiming their innocence, and someone will step forward and claim the police (and the republicans!) violated their “civil rights” [though as everyone knows, you have to be ‘civil’ to have ‘civil rights’], blah blah blah. Why do i know this? because it is the same repetitious act (yawn) this breed of protesters commits every single time.
Why wouldn’t more people have protested at the DNC? in their speeches, they lashed out against McCain, they rallied their hitler-esque leader, the Clinton mafia was there, as were legions of baby-killing hippie homosexuals, taking God’s name in vain (to try to win over some of the ‘evangelicals’), blah blah blah.
Instead, 5,000 people protested a convention that chose to forgo its pomp so awareness would be raised of the plight of several people who will NEVER vote republican (and, if i heard right, were taking donations in the lobby for the hurricane victims?). 5,000 people marched in protest against a female candidate for VP … a female who believes in Bibles and Babies, (and guns). 5,000 people marched in protest against an elderly man who is one of the most civilized and uncorrupt politicians in our country in the past 100 years. 5,000 people marched to show their hatred of man-woman marriage, of inconvenient babies, of the poor, and of religion. 5,000 people marched to show that they were so far above the law, above society in their clever sophistry that at least 300 of them destroyed the public’s park benches, someone’s windows, and the vehicles, paid with our tax money, that carry those men and women who risk their lives every day for us to keep the peace …
BY THEIR FRUIT YE SHALL KNOW THEM
looking at the ACTS of the politicians and the ACTS of their supporting protesters, who are the good guys, and who are the bad guys?
are you going to vote for name-calling, empty, unsubstantiated promises and unchecked violence and disorder, disrespect for authority, and a hatred of the Constitution of the United States? for gay marriage and baby slaughter?
or are you going to vote for clear plans, civilized & orderly ‘free speech’, Jesus, babies, and our right to own guns? for domestic oil and energy reform?
look past the hype. Global Warming will not be stopped, reduced, reversed, or erased regardless of the candidate you choose. We can contribute our tiny amount to it, but in the end, it’s still an act of God … a natural cycle. (recent evidence indicates we’re moving toward ‘global cooling’ right now). If you’re voting someone into office because he’s black (or, for that matter, because it’s a ‘she’), then you’re a bigot with no concept of what is required for president. mere novelty won’t do the trick, and race or gender are completely irrelevant to a person’s abilities as a leader.