Monday, September 10, 2007

CUAPB Statement on Critical Mass Incident

"CUAPB CONDEMNS ATTACK BY MPD ON CYCLISTS; POLICE ACTIONS WILL NOT DETER FREE SPEECH Editor's Note: CUAPB has been heavily involved in securing the legal rights of the people brutalized and/or arrested during last night's Critical Mass bicycle ride. What follows is a statement we released to the media earlier today.

In the aftermath of this attack, we urge people to get to the next meeting of the Minneapolis city council's so-called 'free speech' working group, which will be held on September 12 at 11:00 a.m. in room 333 of city hall.

At this point, most of the arrestees have been released on bail and will have their first appearance in court on October 1, 2007. We will keep you posted on the progress of legal defense efforts for the Critical Mass 19. Communities United Against Police Brutality strongly condemns the violent attack by Minneapolis police on bicyclists riding as part of last night's Critical Mass.

For simply enjoying the beautiful weather by riding their bicycles legally down the street, these riders were subjected to beatings, false arrests, clouds of noxious chemical irritant, destruction of their property and wholesale violations of their rights. As a result of this unprovoked attack, nineteen were arrested, including a number of bystanders. Some individuals were tasered while handcuffed. Eight people were beat"

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