The horble, stupid charges have been dropped against the journalists who were arrested by the St. Paul thugpolice. Apparently the 60,000+ letters and efforts by FreePress convinced local officials to drop the charges. To wit:
The St. Paul City Attorney’s office announced Friday it will not prosecute Democracy Now! journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also issued a statement Friday that "the city will decline to prosecute misdemeanor charges for presence at an unlawful assembly for journalists arrested during the Republican National Convention."
Both announcements come two weeks after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention where over 40 journalists were arrested while reporting on protests taking place outside the convention center.
Upon learning of the news, Democracy Now! Host, Amy Goodman said, "It’s good that these false charges have finally been dropped, but we never should have been arrested to begin with. These violent and unlawful arrests disrupted our work and had a chilling effect on the reporting of dissent. Freedom of the press is also about the public’s right to know what is happening on their streets. There needs to be a full investigation of law enforcement activities during the convention."
I say it's "sort of" good news because this never should have happened at all. I'm old enough to remember when police did not have SWAT teams or dress and act like terrorists on our own soil.
HOT PALIN UPDATE, 8 p.m., Friday, 9/19:
This just in from our man in Florida, Rhode Island, and other swell places. Worldly guy that he is, he hangs out a lot with a wealthy crowd who spend time in checkout lines at the supermarket!