From the P-G:
Witold Walczak, the legal director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said, "It's hard to imagine a situation where a peaceful group that makes food . . . could attract this much firepower and police attention and not be harassment," he said.
What Walczak is referring to is a pattern of harassment by law enforcement against not only G-20 demonstrators, but those who would support them. And, the summit hasn't even started.
The Pennsylvania branch of the ACLU is documenting "problems G-20 protestors have encountered with law enforcement in Pittsburgh" here and Chris Potter's Slag Heap blog has also been doing yeoman's work on this issue as well.
Unfortunately, a judge has ruled in favor of City (over the people) albeit noting during his ruling:
But, he continued, "To be clear, we are not here to determine if constitutional violations have occurred," Judge Lancaster said.
Further, he said, that that while the complaint does not warrant injunctive relief, the plaintiffs can still seek monetary damages.
This, I'm afraid, will also be another pattern we'll see much of this week. A trampling of rights with the advice to seek redress later -- after the world is no longer watching.
Crossposted at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette G20 site.