It’s truly grand not to be living in a place like the former Soviet Union, where they’d lock people up in mental asylums for vocalizing their political protests.
There is no way something like this might ever happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Fisher is on the staff of Revolution Books, and on January 28, while she was putting Bush Step Down posters on telephone polls in Cleveland Heights, she was ordered by a police officer to take them down or face a fine. When she complied, she was asked for her ID, which she did not have on her. He then grabbed her by the arm, pushed her against a store window, and knocked her face down onto the sidewalk. He was joined by another officer, and they both pressed their feet against her back until she could not breathe. Her chin was pressed down into the concrete; Fisher has osteoradionecrosis in her jaw from radiation treatments for cancer.
Fisher was handcuffed and shackled. During this time, Fisher yelled out to everyone who passed what the posters were about. One of the police officers then told her, Fisher says, to “Shut up or I will kill you! I am sick of this anti-Bush shit! You are definitely going to the psyche ward.”
She was then threatened some more and taken away in an EMS truck. At the hospital, Fisher was asked to undress in front of the police officers, which she refused to do. The officers refused to leave, so a nurse attempted to shield her while she undressed. Fisher says she was then cuffed to the bed, given an IV of some sort, and made to wait hours for a psychiatrist to interview her. By this time, members of her World Can’t Wait group were in the emergency room having a confrontation with the police, who refused to let them see Fisher. Someone called the news media, who never made an appearance.
OK, I know. Things like this happen, but at least we haveto ensure that justice is eventually served:
During the hearing, Judge McGinty made other strange requests baffling attorneys, asking defense counsel to openly read a lengthy message on Fisher’s t-shirt, saying:
“Wanted for Illegally Crossing Borders: The Bush Regime. If you are going to insist that crossing borders illegally is a crime which cannot be tolerated, how about George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice (and yes, Colin Powell) and the rest of that gang, with their highly illegal, and violent, ‘crossing of the border’-into Iraq, among other places?!”
Judge McGinty then said this was proof of her delusional state, adding that “Carol wants to go to jail and that she has a martyr complex.” Fisher had initially refused to taking a state ordered psych _eval, saying there was no reason for it due to the fact American citizens have the right to express political opinions in an open and honest fashion.
However, Judge McGinty’s response to Fisher’s refusal and statements was simply that “I don’t negotiate with felons.”
Fortunately, we don’t live in a place like the former Soviet Union where they confine political dissidents in mental hospitals and stifle organized political resistance. In AmeriKKKa, we truly can thank our “lucky stars, to be livin here today. ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom, and they can’t take that away.”