Cop at DNC brutally cross-checks female protester (w/video)
Hopefully St. Paul Police will be shown this video as an example of "What not to do" next week. This tough guy cop brutally cross-checks a CodePink protester with his baton:
A staffer at our sister paper, Denver Westword, was on hand to witness and photograph the incident:
Bert Ross, a veteran of Westword's sales department who also happens to be an accomplished photographer, was driving in the Civic Center area when he saw what looked to be an impending confrontation between a large group of protesters and a sizable contingent of police officers -- so he hurriedly parked his car, grabbed a camera and rushed to the scene. "The people were coming out of the park, and the police were saying, 'Get back. Get back,'" Ross recalls. "I got out and started snapping." Shortly thereafter, he saw the aforementioned officer face off against a woman identified in the Rocky article as Alicia Forrest, 24, a member of CodePink, an anti-war organization that advocates non-violent protest. "He was coming forward and she wasn't backing up," he notes, adding that although obscenities were flying, he can't say for certain if any of them came from Forrest.
The officer "was directing all of his attention at her, and he was getting worked up," Ross says. "You could see him gritting his teeth. And then he corked her, and down she went." Afterward, "a lot of people swarmed around her and she got shuffled off" -- and apparently, so did the officer. According to Ross, the contingent of police dispersed within minutes amidst shouts from protesters about"fascist pigs."