Leave it to the RNC Welcoming Committee to actually be welcoming to other protesters. Well, apparently that was their downfall. Marilyn Hedstrom, a deputy sheriff for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, led an undercover life for a year to help infiltrate the group to monitor protester plans for the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, according to the Star Tribune
So what does it take to be part of the club?
She went "dumpster diving" at the group's instructions to find food for the anarchists to eat. She cooked meals for some meetings, ran errands, coordinated committee discussions and represented the organization at some gatherings of the protest movement. She became friends of some of the activists.
And she, ironically, even helped on security for the anarchists, who worried that the cops were infiltrating them.
She was accepted because she wasn't the usual and sometimes suspicious young person, other protesters said.
"Norma Jean looked like somebody's mom," recalls Meredith Aby, a member of the Anti-War Committee, a group that occasionally met with the anarchists. "She was treated by the Welcoming Committee as if she were one of their own."
In other RNC protest news, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is still on a witch hunt rampage to find protest participants who he says attacked police officers. The video evidence gives police some evidence on who these mystery attackers are, according to the Star Tribune
. He says there still could be more charges coming.
Why isn't he as concerned about addressing police misconduct? Fletcher and his fleet are perfect with stellar anger management control.
RNC protest supporters will gather once again tomorrow to try and ruin lead RNC case attorney Susan Gaertner's birthday and gubernatorial fundraiser.
A rally and dance party has been planned outside her fundraiser, starting at 4:30 on Tuesday, December 2nd. If you want the charges dropped for the 18 folks facing felonies, make it known to Susan and all her potential supporters that her political endeavors will never succeed with her prosecution of of RNC arrestees on her record.
Come to the gates of the Minneapolis Club at the corner of 2nd Ave and 8th St in downtown Minneapolis at 4:30PM dressed warmly and ready to get down. Bring signs, noisemakers, and your loudest and dancing-est friends!