Minnesota Police State: A reason to be glad it wasn’t Pawlenty?

I mean not at all to suggest even that Pawlenty had anything to do with this, or even that he approves of it (although, as far as I know, he’s not condemned it), but it happened under his nose, so to speak. Palin isn’t without (seeming) scandal, but, as far as I know, police in Alaska have not swooped into homes to arrest would-be protestors because they plan to protest.

Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets. Last night, members of the St. Paul police department and the Ramsey County sheriff’s department handcuffed, photographed and detained dozens of people meeting at a public venue to plan a demonstration, charging them with no crime other than “fire code violations,” and early this morning, the Sheriff’s department sent teams of officers into at least four Minneapolis area homes where suspected protesters were staying.

Glenn Greenwald has it here. Scares me to death, what the police do these days.

Thanks to Kelly Vlahos at @TAC for alerting me to this.

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