Interview with Seattle MD:
"This is the beginning of a police state"
My name is Richard DeAndrea. I'm a medical doctor. What I saw up here was martial law. This turned into a police state. Everything you have seen on television regarding local news broadcasts including national public radio was a blackout. The police were using concussion grenades. They were shooting tear gas canisters directly at protesters' faces. They were using so-called rubber bullets. These are actually hard plastic. Some of the damage I saw: these plastic bullets took off part of one person's jaw, smashed teeth in other people's mouths. I saw the police arrest people who had their hands up in the air screaming we are peacefully protesting.
The amount of looting that took place was so minimal I don't even know where they got the footage from. I am saying this beyond a shadow of a doubt. This is a definite sign that America is heading towards a police state unless people start standing up for their rights as individuals. I am actually shocked and ashamed. I am ashamed of the police force, I am ashamed of the mayor I am ashamed of Bill Clinton. I am ashamed of the whole thing.
Jared: These rubber bullets - what are they?
Dr. DeAndrea: They are made of polyester type material. They are like a hard plastic toy. The idea is to hit your body, do damage, not actually penetrate. But I did see penetration wounds, I did see people bleeding. I did see teeth loss, I did see broken bones. There were children present, there were families present, they were firing upon families, mothers, grandmothers,. They were just firing at them. They came out in full police force. They brought out swat teams, they had the national guard up here, there was CIA surrounding the delegates' buildings. It was very obvious that there was an institutional control that had no regard of human rights whatever.
In addition we have video footage of protesters being taken away as well as human rights being violated. Prisoners were taken and they were tortured. There is a case, I believe his name is Holm, Keith Holm. He was tortured because he would not give his name. They handcuffed, laid him on the floor, they smashed his face against the concrete, they grabbed his hair, they ripped out a lock of hair. and then placed pencils between his fingers and pressed on them until he would give his name. He refused. They were also banging his head against metal objects. He was actually the first protester released because the Internal Affairs came in to do an investigation and they wanted him gone because he would be able to give testimony.
We're treating people in a studio loft downtown. I just treated an ear wound. People have been treated for concussion injuries. There have been people who have been treated for plastic bullet wounds. Lots of tear gas injuries, lots of damage to cornea, lots of damage to the eyes and skins. They were using a pepper spray, a tear gas and they were also using some sort of nerve gas. We had reports of many demonstrators winding up with seizures the next day. It causes muscles to clamp up, muscle contraction, seizures.
They have done several illegal things regarding these people in jail.
They have been telling them that they would not be let out, not have their bail set if they didn't give their names. Its their legal right not to give their name. They don't have to speak at all. Attorneys came up and said we are representing these people. The police called the attorneys liars. At this point they have still refused to let any of them see their clients. There are close to 600 people who were arrested and they have been holding them for two days on charges that are mostly misdemeanors, such as refusal to disperse. A lot of people in there have not gotten medical attention either.
I have gotten calls from young ladies in there who have had all sorts of emotional problems as well as physical problems. They have called me for medical attention from inside the jail. There are people still sitting in there who have not even been processed.
Today there were fewer attacks by police, but they did arrest more people. And there was no violence today by the marchers and all through the day yesterday it was the same. What you are seeing on television about looting and anarchistic protesters - there's astraight-out blackout and they are basically pushing that [line]. There is not much damage to property here. There are not many windows that have been damaged or stores that have been looted. Those are extremely rare cases.
I used to believe newspapers were telling the truth. But now I am no longer behind that. This is the beginning of a police state. You can quote me on that.
letter to SEATTLE COUNCIL
WHAT I HAVE SEEN ON THE TELEVISION AND READ ON THE INTERNET ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENEING IN SEATTTLE HAS A HAD A MAJOR DISTURBING EFFECT ON ME AND SHOULD HAVE ON EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY!!!!!
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR CONSTITUTION....
DID IT SUDDENLY DISAPPEAR???? ARE OUR FOUNDING FATHERS TURNING IN THEIR GRAVES???? IS THIS 1999 OR 1950???? or HAVE IQ'S TAKEN A SUDDEN DROP TO IMBECILITY????
Article I, Section 3 - PERSONAL RIGHTS. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.------
PROTESTERS WERE DEPRIVED OF THEIR LIBERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS!!!! They had a constitutional right to PROTEST....anything they wanted to!!!They ARE THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES!!! WHOM THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN FOR.
Article I, Section 4 - RIGHT OF PETITION AND ASSEMBLAGE. The right of petition and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good shall never be abridged.
DO YOU READ THE WORD "NEVER"...Never abridged gentlemen...
The PEOPLE AND ANY PORTION OF THE PEOPLE HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY THAT CAN "NEVER" BE ABRIDGED unless of course and ACT of TREASON against the constitution is ENFORCED...say maybe by a MAURAUDING FORCE OF POLICE OFFICERS!!!!!!!!!! Funny....I didn't see anything in the CONSTITUTION ALLOWING or MAKING PROVISIONS >>>FOR THAT!!!!! But that is exactly what I saw on television!!!
Article I, Section 10 - ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE. Justice in all cases shall be administered openly, and without unnecessary delay.
Lets see...does this OPEN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE INCLUDE...BEATINGS,TEAR GASING, RUBBER BULLETS SHOT AT POINT BLACK RANGE, KICKING PROTESTERS IN THE NUTS, ATTACKING WOMEN WITH WEAPONS,on and on...it certainly WAS OPEN...we all saw all of it!!!! It certainly was meted out swiftly...we saw that too!! BUT YOU CALL IT ...JUSTICE...now THAT I beg to differ with. THAT IS NAZIsm....hhhhmmm I don,t think I can sit still for THAT!!!!I think we need to look HARDER at THIS!!!!
Article I, Section 12 - SPECIAL PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES PROHIBITED. No law shall be passed granting to any citizen, class of citizens, or corporation other than municipal, privileges or immunities which upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens, or corporations.
WELL this is interesting....looks like SOMEBODY got SPECIAL PRIVELEDGES AND RIGHTS THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES...DID NOT!!!!!Now WHO could that SOMEBODY BE??????
Article I, Section 14 - EXCESSIVE BAIL, FINES AND PUNISHMENT. Excessive bail shall not be required, excessive fines imposed, nor cruel punishment inflicted.
EXCESSIVE BAIL...I'd Call the bail imposed upon the protesters excessive...THESE are NOT criminals THEY ARE United STATES citizens exercising their RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY !!!! THE CRIMINALS WERE THE POLICE!!!! NOW how much bail did THEY have to pay????
What sanctions are going to be raised against THEM?????
AND since when do JUST poeple go out into a crowd...and see an INJUSTICE being done and NOT say NO....I WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS ACTION!!!!
I saw a bunch of HOOLIGAN's in POLICE UNIFORMS CAUSING ALL THE TROUBLE ...
let me see where have I seen that before....KENT STATE !!!!
Article I, Section 18 - MILITARY POWER, LIMITATION OF. The military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.
Well civil POWER was certainly at a new zenith in this issue.....somebody better keep an eye on whoever is RUNNING this show...they have NEVER read the CONSTITUTION...
Article I, Section 27 - TREASON, DEFINED, ETC. Treason against the State shall consist only in levying war against the State, or adhering to it enemies, or in giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or confession in open court.
Treason...I dare call it TREASON to give aid and support to an organization(WTO) that is working Against the good of the people of the United STATES under a false guise...and levying WAR tactics against protestors ( disect the word for a minute: PRO- to be FOR, and TESTING - to Challenge understanding) trying to bring "attention" to the atrocities being commited by this same organization.
Yes WAR tactics...bombs,bweatings, gas, chemicals.....WARFARE...now ON WHOM again....THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE CONCERNED ENOUGH ABOUT AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO GO OUT THERE...AND PROTEST...INJUSTICE> IS there maybe SOMETHING ....WRONG with this picture. THE PROTESTERS are the ones who MAKE our world a BETTER place to LIVE in.... they are often misunderstood by those who need the status quo to stay the same ...special interests.
Article I, Section 32 - FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES. A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual right and the perpetuity of free government.
I see the PROTESTERS as adherents to the maintenance of the TESTING of FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES...they are ESSENTIAL to the SECURITY OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTs.....which they have been DENIED by the city of SEATTLE, and the PERPETUITY of FREE GOVENMENT FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE of these UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Take another look OUR CONSTITUTION...and the INHUMANITY of the POLICE CHIEF and the POLICE FORCE of SEATTLE....it is THEY...who are way OUT OF LINE!!!!
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