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apocalypsos linked earlier to the journal of a girl who's brother was arrested on Monday.
Her 17 year old brother who was just walking back to his car in broad daylight.

Her two journal entries about it are HERE and HERE.

She posted this last night just after they finally found out where he was, after two hours of fearing the worst because he'd missed his curfew.
He is 17 and he is being charged with a gross misdemeanor. He was arrested at 5:30 and he didn't have access to his phone call to let us know. We found out because we panicked when he wasn't home by 9 - his curfew on a school night since tomorrow is the first day of school. After frantically calling his cell over and over to no response we were left to wrack our brains to find some other way to track him down in a large city as we imagined him dead or disappeared forever. Finally, at 11 - fully 5 and a half hours after my *minor* brother had been arrested, a policeman answered the cell they had confiscated from him.

And this quote from her next post tells some of what he went through.
My brother was released at 3:30am yesterday. He was home by 4am and in a haze of exhaustion I hugged him like he had returned from the dead. He woke up again at 7am to go to the first day of his senior year, because he didn't want to miss it.

He still had not been given a phone call. 8 other minors had been arrested with him and of them only one other was released because his father also made numerous calls. The police who answered that boy's phone then proceeded to impersonate him until the father demanded that they give the name of the boy's grandmother, and the police hung up. The rest of those minors have no way of contacting their parents or guardians. There are 7 families who may still think their child is dead or missing.

My brother was held in handcuffs in 88 degree heat for 3 hours without water. He asked for water several times and was refused.

He was patted down numerous times.

He asked to answer his cell, explained that his parents expected him home, and asked for his phone call over and over, and was refused.

They took his mug shots, fingerprints, and intake information twice because they "lost" the first set.

His paperwork says he was arrested at 5:30, but my brother says that it was actually 4:30 and they falsified the paperwork.

It sounds like he may have been in the same roundup as this blogger.

Christ. How tough is it to tell people walking along the river apart from people in black clothes with masks on their faces destroying property? Epic fail, Twin Cities law enforcement. Epic fail. The few things you've gotten right these last few days has rapidly been far outnumbered by the wrong.



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Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Ouch. Also reports of journalists being detained, though clearly wearing press IDs.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
The police in your city have certainly over-reacted in these cases - have they actually broken any civil rights ? Do they have to allow a phone call within a certain period of time, and are the rules different for minors ?

This is the kind of thing it's worth making a fuss about in the papers, and if the boy knows the names of any of the other youths held at the same time, the more voices raised the better.

I'm a believer in supporting the police in doing their job, but this clearly wasn't it, and they shouldn't be allowed to get away with this kind of behaviour.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
As much as I hate those anarchists for messing up the city and getting legitimate protesters gassed and arrested, I do have to say, they are easy to spot. And there's no excuse not to be giving people phone calls. I hope those parents file a compliant.

Although, there was rather scary iReport video on CNN this morning that does make it easier to understand why the police may be over reacting. Not that they should be giving into those urges. (Sorry, I tried to find a link to the video and I couldn't.)
Sep. 12th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
It is too bad that the police did not get better instruction and too bad for the city of MPLS since their legal costs will most likely be very high as a result of this. What ever happened to common sense???
Sep. 14th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
OMG, it's absolutely frightening that your brother and those other kids went through that horrible experience! :( It's hard to believe this happened anywhere in America.
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