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For Immediate Release: August 26th, 2008

Hostile police hassle, arrest of CODEPINK member at DNC (with video)

August 26, 2008
2:33 PM

Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Sally Newman, legal adviser, 917-544-5604
Jodie Evans, CODEPINK co-founder, 310-621-5635

DENVER -  Before arresting a member of the women's peace group, CODEPINK, police officers here shoved the woman to the ground with a raised baton, left her on the ground in pain for several minutes, and when she began answering questions to reporters nearby, an officers pulled her roughly away by the elbows to arrest her, according to eyewitness accounts at a press conference held outside the jail.

Alicia Forrest, 24, of Los Angeles, was arrested on charges of interference near 12 p.m. today, moments before the beginning of a demonstrator's march here during the Democratic National Convention. The Rocky Mountain News has released video documenting the events here (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/videos/detail/police-use-force/).

Forrest had allegedly witnessed the arrest of an unidentified man in the street near the Denver Civic Center Park when she and others nearby asked police why the man was being arrested. After she was pushed to the ground, according to an eyewitness account at activist group's Reacreate 68's press conference, police then arrested Forrest.

She was transported her to the warehouse processing center in Denver, according to city officials. By 2:30 p.m., she had been transferred to the Denver City Jail where bond was posted for $580 bail. She is awaiting release.

For more information, please call Jean Stevens at 508-769-2138.