“On December 9, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut.  Jim Morrison was booked on charges of indecency, public obscenity, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. This arrest was portrayed in Oliver Stone’s The Doors movie. Jim had met a girl in his dressing room and wanted a bit more privacy so he went into a shower stall with her. A police officer spotted them in the bathroom and told them they had to leave. Jim told the officer he was in the band and told him to go away. The cop got pushy with Jim, Jim tried to push him away and then the cop maced him. The police wanted to arrest Jim on the spot but were afraid it would incite a riot if the concert was cancelled. During the last song, "Backdoor Man”, Jim told a story about what happened backstage. The cops shut the music down and came directly onstage to arrest him.“


“A Northwest Missouri State University student was arrested Wednesday on campus in Maryville, Mo., on suspicion of making racist, violent threats on social media.

Connor B. Stottlemyre, 19, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., was arrested by campus police at his dormitory about 11 a.m. Wednesday after another student reported seeing a message on Yik Yak, threatening violence against blacks, a university spokesman said….” Joel Currier, St. Louis Post Dispatch

“…University police received reports of two threats on social media claiming to shoot students on campus.

The first threat posted Nov. 5 said, ‘I love evil, I just want to shoot up H&P. They’re bullies, especially in Hudson.’ Followed by a comment that said, ‘I’m going to once I get enough money to buy a gun.’

The second threat posted Nov. 10 said, ‘I’m gonna shoot any black people tomorrow, so be ready.’” Darcie Bradford, Northwest Missourian


One box store, two standards of constitutional protections.

Context: 1.) Open Carry proponents enter WalMart with assault rifles and are provided their second amendment protections. 2.) Activists with HandsUpUnited are arrested at a WalMart after raising their hands symbolically above their heads in protest of the slaying of Ohio WalMart shopper John Crawford.

Blacks are far more likely to be arrested than people of other races, and in some places, dramatically so. Using FBI arrest records, USA TODAY investigative reporter Brad Heath found nearly 1,600 places where the disparity is more pronounced than in Ferguson, Missouri.

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The night of August 19th, 2014 was not without some struggles, but was still refreshingly peaceful by recent Ferguson standards.

There was only a few moments of tension, and the police did have to use some forms of crowd control, including rubber bullets and some mace. To many protesters’ relief, no tear gas was used.

Tonight saw the isolation and arrest of various violent individuals, now mostly known as “agitators”. Many of the arrested agitators were revealed to be out-of-towners who appeared to have purposefully gathered to spur the situation towards violence.

Community leaders and peacemakers played an invaluable part in keeping the peace, rising spectacularly to the challenge; at one point, many linked hands and formed a human wall between protesters and police.

Earlier in the protests, a Thomas the Tank Engine Peace Train was driving through, adding a whimsical touch. Unfortunately, it was ordered away by police officers.

A rising concern seems to be the handling of media and the media staging areas (“media pens”), and the growing amount of media personnel on the ground – while intentions appear to be good all around, the sheer amount of people covering the situation has made things unruly. Hopefully there will a solution soon.

It is expected that protesters will be gathering again in the morning for important developments in the Michael Brown case. We can only hope that their patience and grief will see some reward.

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Water Protectors Arrested by Militarized Police

Over twenty water Protectors were arrested after taking Non-Violent Direct Action to stop Dakota Access Pipeline Construction.

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Philadelphia: Powerful Images of Protest, Arrests Over Alton Sterling Killing

Philadelphia protesters held hands and stretched across I-676 in Center City during the evening rush hour on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. They were protesting the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five, was pinned down and shot multiple times Tuesday outside a convenience store. The U.S. Justice Department is leading the investigation into his death.

Lawmakers arrested at Washington rally for immigration reform

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., were among several lawmakers arrested Tuesday at an immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington.

Ellison’s staff confirmed to Al Jazeera that Ellison, who sat in the middle of Independence Avenue together with other House Democrats, had planned his act of civil disobedience to push for a law that, among other things, would allow undocumented residents to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Ellison is expected to release a formal statement on his protest later.

More than 100 demonstrators were also lined up to be arrested.

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