The bogus arrests of Occupy San Diego activists continue. Within the last 24 to 36 hours, a man was arrested for burning sage in the Plaza, a man videotaping another’s arrest was grabbed by the neck, choked, and brought down by three officers, a veteran carrying an American flag had the flag taken from him, two others awake in sleeping bags were roughly arrested.
Freedom Plaza has now been “cleared” of those demonstrators. And we have Police Chief William Lansdowne to thank – as well as his boss, Mayor Jerry Sanders. Sanders is a lame duck and a burnt out politician.
Lansdowne takes his orders from Sanders, but Lansdown could object to the ridiculous and unconstitutional manner his troops are ordered to harass and arrest peaceful demonstrators trying to exercise their First Amendment rights.
There’s been a petition to demand the resignation of the Police Chief. Sign it here.
Why This Is Important
Chief Lansdowne has mishandled the Occupy San Diego Protest. He has facilitated the waste of over 2.4 million dollars in 30 days on suppressing free speech at Civic Center Plaza in San Diego.
He has ordered the macing and beating of peaceful protesters and continues to waste over $57,000 per day on intimidating, harassing, and suppressing the peaceful protest rather than protecting and serving the interests of those exercising their freedom of speech and assembly.
We the Citizens of San Diego call on Chief Lansdowne to resign his post as Chief of Police immediately.
Protest March Today – Dec 23rd – Meet Up at 4th and B Street
In response to these unconstitutional arrests and the continuing harassment of Occupy San Diegans, there is a call going out right now to hold a protest march.
Others are gathering for a protest against the way our Freedom Plaza American flag was unconstitutionally seized by police.
Here’s the Call:
Occupy Veterans and Active Military (off duty) – and everyone else – are assembling TODAY at 4pm (or 1600 hours in mil-speak), at 4th Av. & B Street in downtown San Diego to RECLAIM the U.S. Flag for Peaceful Assembly, after the Occupy SD U.S. Flag was confiscated from Iraq Veteran John Canter last night, and he was citedfor violating SD Muni Code 53.30. This U.S. Flag has been flying proudly in Freedom Plaza at Occupy San Diego for over two months.
We are calling on EVERYONE who can to join this peaceful assembly to RECLAIM the U.S. Flag flying proudly on its flagpole. BRING U.S. FLAGS, and if you have a flagpole and okay w/ being cited for misdemeanor (see following explanation), that’s preferable. Otherwise, bring the U.S. Flag in whatever peaceful, respectful form you wish.
S.D. Municipal Code §53.30 “Dangerous Weapons Used During Picketing, Demonstrations And Strikes: No person shall carry or possess while participating in any demonstration, rally, picket line or public assembly any metal stake, club, or pipe, or any length of lumber, wood, or lath, unless that wooden object is 1/4” or less in thickness, and 2” or less in width. If not generally rectangular in shape, such wooden object shall not exceed 1/2” in its thickest dimension.”
Bring American flags. And other banners, flags, indicia of protest.
See these videos of unconstitutional behavior by San Diego Police officers.
Videos at Daily Kos of sage burning arrest and other bogus arrests.