Sunday, March 18, 2007
St. Paddy's Trip to the Slammer in Colorado Springs
Apparently, it wasn't good enough for the Colorado Springs police to tear-gas a peaceful anti-war rally in February 2003. Four years later, they drag peace activists, who had gotten a permit to march in a Saturday St. Patrick's Day parade, out of the parade and arrest them. A friend in the peace community, a 65-year-old woman with a history of poor health, was dragged across the pavement and got serious skin wounds. I know that cops often get slagged with the moniker "Nazi dogs," but sometimes the description fits. Pictured with this post are the seven arrested that day.
Notice the orange "War No More" sign. Eric Verlo of the Justice and Peace Commission said in a Sunday speech that the cops tried to rip the sign apart. Folks wondered if maybe it was bad form to carry an orange sign in a St. Patrick's Day parade, but Eric said that, just as the British represented the imperial conquerors of the Irish, our nation had been serving as imperial conquerors of the Middle East in recent years.