10.27.2008

"attempted disorderly conduct"

olympia protest

The sign on the ground says "Choose Peace".


Olympia, Washington (AP) - Thurston County prosecutors have filed misdemeanor charges against 26 of the 42 anti-war demonstrators who were arrested at the Port of Olympia protesting Fort Lewis-Iraq war shipments.

Each of the 26 was charged Friday with one count of attempted disorderly conduct and one count of obstructing a law enforcement officer. Most of those charged were women.

For one week in November, protesters blocked shipments of Stryker vehicles and other military cargo from the Port of Olympia to Fort Lewis. The military equipment was used in the Iraq war.

Larry Hildes, a lawyer, said he was angry the charges were filed so close to the one-year statute of limitations running out.

Hildes said some of the women who were arrested Nov. 13 were forced to disrobe in plain view of policemen at the Olympia City Jail.

An increasing number of stories like this are appearing in my inbox. The incidents are either unreported in the mainstream media (as in the recent incident of Iraq War veterans being beaten by police) or, like this one, a tiny wire-service story that very few people see.

12 comments:

James said...

So, by attempted disorderly conduct, do they mean the Orwellian term "thought crime" or the Dickian term "pre-crime"?

L-girl said...

Chilling, isn't it?

Kevin said...

But you know, its us progressives that are trying to end the war that are so disrespectful to our men & women in uniform.

L-girl said...

But you know, its us progressives that are trying to end the war that are so disrespectful to our men & women in uniform.

I used to say "paging George Orwell", but by now he must have taken the phone off the hook. It would be ringing non-stop.

M. Yass said...

Each of the 26 was charged Friday with one count of attempted disorderly conduct and one count of obstructing a law enforcement officer. Most of those charged were women.

Am I the only one to notice how much cops seem to enjoy beating up and brutalizing women? Besides this, it's well-known that domestic violence among police officers is epidemic.

M. Yass said...

GBA! TGNOTFOTE!

(It's been awhile since I've thrown that one out there, eh?)

James said...

Am I the only one to notice how much cops seem to enjoy beating up and brutalizing women?

That's unfair. They enjoy beating up and brutalizing anybody.

Consider this news story about the Denver Police Union's comemorative DNC t-shirt: "WE GET UP EARLY, To BEAT The Crowds - 2008 - DNC".

Cornelia said...

Reminds me of "the mere wish is punishable under fundamentalist law" or something, like fundamentalist cult abuse or bullying and intimidation or something.
Of course there are good and horrid and non-sexist and sexist people in every profession (personally, I had most bad experiencies with school teachers) but those officers who did that should be called to account and investigations should be made. The wolf guarding the sheep...
Cute kitty in the logo, by the way!

L-girl said...

(personally, I had most bad experiencies with school teachers)

There seems to be sadists in every profession.

James, I'm glad you posted the link to the commemorative shirt. I didn't manage to get it in a post, so I'm glad you did!

impudent strumpet said...

Attempted disorderly conduct is illegal? But that ruins Improv Everywhere! (On top of all the real problems)

Tracy said...

At least I'm getting the news somewhere. Thanks

Cornelia said...

(personally, I had most bad experiencies with school teachers)

There seems to be sadists in every profession.

Definitely!!