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Civil Resisters Held Until 4:30 a.m.


I just spoke to Barbara Cummings of San Diego, who proudly reported that there were seven San Diegans on her bus of arrestees from the White House. She said she was among the last released at 4:30 a.m. A total of 384 people were arrested and released, at a police station in Anacostia, well after the hour when you could get a Metro train or bus or find a cab. Military Families Speak Out shuttled people to a parking lot, where they stood and froze for half an hour, and then to Union Station, where they could wait for a cab.

Barbara said the women were treated much better than the men. The men had their cuffs kept on tightly until processing, and were carefully frisked and had their cell phones and other property taken. Half the women kept their cell phones by hiding them in their bras. They ordered pizza that way.

The DC police station had no computers, so everything had to be written by hand. One of the officers encouraged people to climb the White House fence next time, so that the feds would have to arrest them, since they are far better equipped.

The charge for people arrested by the DC police is "demonstrating without a permit" which carries a fine of $75. Barbara said that most people will pay it, rather than paying much more to travel back to DC months from now to challenge it in court or go to jail. But about 20, she said, have decided not to pay.

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