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NYPD Break Up Speech by Cindy Sheehan in Union Sq.

Published: Tue 20 Sep 2005 02:03 PM
NYPD Break Up Speech by Cindy Sheehan in Union Square
NY Greens / Green Party of NY State.
Monday, September 19, 3 pm
As anti-war activist and gold-star mom Cindy Sheehan addressed hundreds of people assembled in Union Square Park in Manhattan this afternoon, around 12 members of the New York Police Department waded into the crowd, confiscated the sound system and arrested "Camp Casey" organizer Paul "Zool" Zulkowitz.
Sheehan was immediately encircled by other members of the Vets for Peace and others in her group and taken to safety. (Cindy Sheehan will be speaking tonight at St. John the Divine Cathedral at 112th St. and Amsterdam Avenue.)
I was standing just to Zool's left and witnessed an NYPD official draw an index finger across his throat (presumably a signal to cut off Cindy's speech) just as the police moved in.
I also witnessed the same NYPD officials point to Zool, who was standing with many others, and several cops went straight for him, knocking me and others out of their way, and grabbed Zool without any of the police saying a word.
The large crowd changed "Shame! Shame!" and "End the War!" as police whisked Zool out of the east side of the Park and into a police van.
A number of Green Party members video'd the entire episode. See.. http://nygreens.org
- Mitchel Cohen Brooklyn Greens, and co-editor of "G" the newspaper of the NY State Greens
ENDS

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