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    Police Infiltrate Protests, Videotapes Show:

    Beyond collecting information, some of the undercover officers or their associates are seen on the tape having influence on events. At a demonstration last year during the Republican National Convention, the sham arrest of a man secretly working with the police led to a bruising confrontation between officers in riot gear and bystanders.

    Until Sept. 11, the secret monitoring of events where people expressed their opinions was among the most tightly limited of police powers.

    Provided with images from the tape, the Police Department's chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, did not dispute that they showed officers at work but said that disguised officers had always attended such gatherings - not to investigate political activities but to keep order and protect free speech. Activists, however, say that police officers masquerading as protesters and bicycle riders distort their messages and provoke trouble.

    The only surprising thing is that the NYT is finally reporting it, rather than denying it. I mean, what are they trying to do now? Out-indymedia indymedia?


:: posted by buermann @ 2005-12-22 12:34:44 CST | link





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