In case you don't want to read the whole article, here is it condensed a bit:Â
Police raids acrossÂ Minneapolis involving teams of 25-30 officers in blackÂ swat gear with semi-automatic weapons drawn, have been entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, including the group Food Not Bombs. TheyÂ handcuff themÂ and force them to lay on the floor as theirÂ homes are searched.Â Â ComputersÂ and political pamphlets are taken.Â They are charged with Conspiracy to Cause Riot.
The St. Paul police departmentÂ detained dozens of people meetingÂ to plan a demonstration.Â They wereÂ chargedÂ with fire code violations.Â
A St. PaulÂ house where the groupÂ I-Witness Video is stayingÂ has been surrounded by police with M-16s.Â They have been told that ifÂ they leaveÂ they will be detained (so they are under house arrest).
I-Witness Video exposed police misconduct andÂ perjury by police during the 2004 RNC by video taping it.
I saw a lot of these Saturday near the Minneapolis Convention Center. Police were on board and ready.Â Â Sunday the National Gaurd has arrived and is very visable.Â