September 13, 2005
From Fact-esque: "If you read the NYT coverage of the Forced Freedom March, you read this:
One man who registered for the walk was detained by a Pentagon police officer after he slipped a black hood over his head and produced a sign that read, "Freedom?"
The man was removed from the Pentagon registration area, handcuffed and taken away in a police car. It was not clear whether he was charged or simply detained and the police did not respond to messages requesting more information.But, as she points out, you don't have to wonder. You don't have to wait for the, ahem, follow up. Because the fella in question is a blogger, you get to read Thomas Nephew's account in detail, [HERE]. Here's a teensy sample:
"Within maybe 15 or 20 seconds, an officer approached and told me that I would need to go to a designated protest area. I flipped the sign around at that point and said I didn't see why, I had a right to say what I was saying. Without further ado, I was handcuffed and marched off. The vocalist was actually singing the refrain 'freedom' to some syrupy song at that moment. The crowd of walkers cheered for the police."For another take, watch Mykeru's [VIDEO]. (Fact-esque & Newsrack & Mykeru)