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Eureka CA Torture of Young Environmental Activists
This is somewhat off-topic unless, of course, determined citizen
activists on toxics/PCDD/PCDF happen to run
into thug police like those in Humbolt County
For additional information on this controversy,
the news media section of
and the Earth section of
ALL CITIZENS SHOULD CONDEMN
POLICE TORTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL/ANTI-LOGGING
PROTESTORS IN EUREKA, CA
I was shocked, horrified and disgusted after seeing
the CBS Evening News on 10/30/97 which featured
a news story showing police from the Eureka CA Police
Department and the Humbolt County Sheriff's Department
smearing liquid pepper agent into the eyes of young
women using cue-tips. These were protestors who
were against the cutting of ancient redwood trees by Pacific Lumber
The heads of the protestors were pulled back and
their eyes forcibly opened and then the agent,
oleoresin capsicum (derived from cayenne pepper)
was forcibly sprayed or smeared into their eyes. This
practice violates guidelines set by a variety of agencies,
including the guideline that this agent not be used
on non-violent prisoners.
This police torture of young environmental protestors,
who were in agony after this act, was brutal, sadistic,
unconstitutional and shocking. This is the kind of
conduct you would expect from the secret police
in China....not the United States.
Now comes U.S. Rep. Frank Riggs defending this conduct
in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives
on October 31, 1997. And the police defend their
action as "cost effective policing."
Although these protestors were "tresspassing" in
the office of Riggs, no American citizen should
be treated in the manner these young women
In an effort to catalyze national protest over this
incident, here are some appropriate contacts and
information concerning this horrific incident:
Here is the URL of a Los Angeles Times article
on the incident:
Here is the URL of a Green Party Site in Humbolt
CA with pictures of the brutality and additional
detail and commentary concerning Rep. Frank
Riggs endorcement of this brutality.
Here is a URL of an article on pepper spray from
Covert Action Quarterly:
PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO PROTEST THIS SHOCKING
PROTEST TO THE PERPETRATORS OF TORTURE:
Dennis Lewis, Sheriff
Humbolt County Sheriff's Dept.
826 Fourth St.
Eureka CA 95501
Arnold Millsap, Chief
Eureka Police Department
604 C Street
Eureka CA 95501
(707) 441-4334 (fax)
PROTEST TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DEFENDER
OF POLICE TORTURE:
U.S. Rep. Frank Riggs
1714 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
(202) 225-3403 (fax)
PROTEST TO THE COMMUNITY FOR
THEIR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE ACTS
Eureka Chamber of Commerce
Eureka, CA 95501
(800) 356-6381 (Voice)
(707) 442-3738 (Voice)
(707) 442-0079 (Fax)
This message is from:
Alexander J. Sagady, Environmental Consultant
PO Box 39, East Lansing, MI 48826
(517) 332-6971; (517) 332-8987 (fax)
FROM the NET....
> Here is a summary of the facts of the case, as set forth in our motion filed
> yesterday: [in federal district court in California]
> Plaintiff Headwaters Forest Defense hereby moves ex parte for a temporary
> restraining order enjoining all named defendants from using a chemical weapon
> known as oleoresin capsicum, or pepper spray, on peaceful political
> protesters in Humboldt County, California who pose no threat to the safety of
> law enforcement officers or others. This motion is made on the following
> 1. Despite the fact that standard law enforcement policies restrict the use
> of this dangerous chemical to defensive measures when personal safety is
> threatened and require that the substance be sprayed from a minimum distance
> of two feet, Plaintiff's members who engage in small, peaceful protests and
> who offer no resistance have been forced by Defendants on repeaaated
> occasions within the last six weeks to suffer the application of this
> searing, blinding chemical directly on their eyes: a practice unprecedented
> in the annals of American law enforcement, which according to an experienced
> expert constitutes "the purposeful application of premeditated torture to
> human subjects by law enforcement officers."
> 2. Defendants' policy and practice of applying pepper spray to peaceful,
> unresisting demonstrators constitutes the excessive use of force in violation
> of the Fourth Amendment and unlawfully restrains the exercise of Plaintiffs'
> First Amendment right to freedom of political expression, as alleged in
> Plaintiffs' complaint filed herewith pursuant to 42 U.S.C. x 1983.
> 3. Defendants' use of pepper spray and its excruciating, incapaciting
> effects on protesters are undisputed, as each such incident was recorded by
> Defendants on videotape and this graphic evidence of gross police misconduct
> is herewith presented to the Court.
> 4. Defendants have failed and refused to stipulate to cease this practice
> pending a motion for preliminary injunction.
> 5. In light of this refusal to stipulate, and the existence of ongoing
> protests in support of Plaintiff's sincerely held political beliefs,
> Plaintiff and its members will be irreparably harmed by further unlawful use
> of this chemical weapon unless a temporary restraining order is issued to
> protect against this practice until the Court rules on Plaintiffs' proposed
> motion for preliminary injunction.
>From an email sent to me by:
Alex J. Sagady & Associates Email: email@example.com
Environmental Consulting and Database Systems
PO Box 39 East Lansing, MI 48826-0039
(517) 332-6971 (voice); (517) 332-8987 (fax)