Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lawsuit seeks $250,000 in damages for police raid

Former AfD national council member Ted Dooley is one of the attorneys representing Michael Whalen, whose home was raided by St. Paul police working with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security during the Republican National Convention. On Friday, Ted and fellow National Lawyers Guild attorney Peter Nickitas held a press conference to announce that they are suing the city of St. Paul on Michael's behalf, seeking $250,000 in damages. Whalen’s duplex was cordoned off, he and his tenants and guests were held at gunpoint for several hours, and no one was allowed to leave or enter the building. The reason for the raid has never been made public, although charges made on the affidavit submitted for a search warrant don't jibe with charges made by police at the site. Michael's guests included independent media journalists, some of whom were raided again elsewhere during the RNC, and some arrested attempting to document police reaction to protest at the convention.

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