“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.


[IMAGE: "Raging Grannies,“ in Spokane, Washington blocked tracks to protest oil and coal trains. “We were willing to be arrested to stop climate change,” said Nancy Nelson, dressed in a blue floral dress with a matching hat, as police arrested her. “With the oil and coal trains coming right through our city, this is a very serious issue, which we have to address.”]

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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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Morton County charges 8 additional Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, files warrants for 3 others

Authorities have charged eight individuals for their “involvement in illegal protest activities” on September 14. Protesters were arrested yesterday at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site on private property near New Salem in Morton County.

Nicholas Tilsen, Wanikiyewin Loud Hawk and Daniel Tseleie were arrested for “felony reckless endangerment” for attaching themselves to construction equipment using a “steel or sleeping dragon” device.

Five others were arrested for their involvement in the “unlawful protest activities”.

Below are the names and criminal charges of those arrested September 14:

Nicholas Tilsen, 34, SD – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function

Wanikiyewin Loud Hawk, 32, SD – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function

Daniel Tseleie, 34, Canada – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function

Zenas Bizahaloni, 37, AZ – Criminal trespass, disorderly conduct

Morgun Frejo, 23, VA – Conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function

Marcus Frejo, 38, OK – Conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, criminal trespass – second offense, disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function

Heather Horsefall Milton, 38, Canada – Conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function, criminal trespass

Kaden Walksnice, 23, MT – Criminal trespass, disorderly conduct

In addition, the Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed charges against four individuals for their role in a protest on September 3:

Elliot New Holy, Jr., Greg Grey Cloud, Mason Redwing and Marcus Frejo are charged with criminal trespass. According to the affidavit investigators connected all four men to being on private property halting Dakota Access Pipeline work. Frejo was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in the “illegal protest activity” on that day. Warrants have been issued for the other three individuals.

As of September 15, a total of 69 individuals have been arrested for illegal protest activities.

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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.