Kathryn LeVecque died on New Year’s Day. A service to remember her life will take place on Saturday, January 3 at 3 PM at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, North Charles and University Parkway in Baltimore. She was engaged in progressive issues for many years, and was present for Women In Black-Baltimore’s first vigil on December 31, 2001 at the Inner Harbor. Kathryn was one of the plaintiffs in the WIBB free speech case. But Kathryn was a woman in black before there was such a name floating around the activist circles in Baltimore. She was a wise woman who looked first for peaceful solutions, no matter how hopeless the situation, while speaking out for Justice--standing up for the poor and destitute. That's where you could find Kathryn.
Protesters storm police headquarters in St. Louis. (photo: Fox2)
25 Arrested as Protesters Storm Police Headquarters in Downtown St. Louis
By Danielle Scruggs and George Sells, Fox2 - St. Louis
01 January 15
In what was slated as a peaceful “March to the Arch” by Ferguson demonstrators, more than two dozen people were arrested and pepper spray was used by police. The melee unfolded as protesters tried to storm the St. Louis Metropolitan Police headquarters building.
About seventy-five people marched through the downtown area and eventually went to police headquarters. There, with the building on lockdown, the group took the opportunity to rush an open door. Several people pushed in.
Upon entry, protesters read a list of demands to department officials. Those demands included a meeting with Chief Sam Dotson, Mayor Slay and Board of Aldermen President, Lewis Reed. They also requested an immediate termination of Officer’s Hayes and Flannery. They want amnesty for protesters who have been charged with non-violent offenses, the creation of a diverse Citizens Review Board with subpoena power and a seven day release of all information regarding police shootings, not limited to transparent release of all unedited videos and audio.
Activist Deray McKesson posted several Vine videos and images via Twitter as the demonstration took place.
Protesters also placed Eviction Notices along type outside of the building.
Signed, ‘We the People,’ the notice read: “We are informing you that the police department is scheduled to be reclaimed by its citizens today, December 31, 2014.” Protesters also outlined reasons why they feel a power shift should take place.
There was quite a bit of pushing and shoving as police tried to clear the demonstrators out, with officers eventually resorting to the use of pepper spray to push the crowd back.
Five people were arrested in the initial scuffle. Police chief Sam Dotson says officers were justified in clearing the group out of the lobby.
“We’re a public building, we’re open. But we’re open for legitimate business. We’re not open for people to come in and push their own agendas and disrupt the business that has to go on here.”
Protesters were critical of police use of pepper spray, many saying things escalated too quickly, with one “live streamer” who had been hit saying it was happening too often.
“This is becoming too commonplace now. I don’t know,” the man told photojournalist Doug Larsen.
Police say all those calls are already in the met, or on the way to being met, and that protesters are now distracting them from other work with repetitious demands.
“The forty or fifty officers that it took to handle the disturbance that was going on outside police headquarters weren’t in our neighborhoods doing the job our citizens have asked them to do,” Chief Dotson said. “That’s a big deal”
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