Hostile police hassle, arrest of CODEPINK member at DNC (with video)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2008
Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Sally Newman, legal adviser, 917-544-5604
Jodie Evans, CODEPINK co-founder, 310-621-5635
DENVER - Before arresting a member of the women's peace group,
police officers here shoved the woman to the ground with a raised
baton, left her on the ground in pain for several minutes, and when she
began answering questions to reporters nearby, an officers pulled her
roughly away by the elbows to arrest her, according to eyewitness
accounts at a press conference held outside the jail.
Alicia Forrest, 24, of Los Angeles, was arrested on charges of
interference near 12 p.m. today, moments before the beginning of a
demonstrator's march here during the Democratic National Convention.
The Rocky Mountain News has released video documenting the events here
Forrest had allegedly witnessed the arrest of an
unidentified man in the street near the Denver Civic Center Park when
she and others nearby asked police why the man was being arrested.
After she was pushed to the ground, according to an eyewitness account
at activist group's Reacreate 68's press conference, police then
She was transported her to the warehouse
processing center in Denver, according to city officials. By 2:30 p.m.,
she had been transferred to the Denver City Jail where bond was posted
for $580 bail. She is awaiting release.
For more information, please call Jean Stevens at 508-769-2138.