Demonstration OF 4–19–10
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse for the Southern
District of New York at 500 Pearl Street in Manhattan at 11:42 am on
Monday, April 19, 2010. It was an overcast, cool, and windy
day. I had my JURY INFO sign
and FIJA pamphlets.
Immediately upon my arrival, Homeland Security Officer Barnes
approached me and instructed me not to distribute literature. I
said nothing. He moved away, but he and 2 other officers stood in
front of me about 20 feet away. I started to pass out the FIJA
pamphlet ”A Primer for Prospective Jurors” along with
my1-page insert. As soon as I gave my first pamphlet, the three
officers approached me and placed me under arrest at 11:50 am.
I fell to the ground face down. The officers rolled me onto
my back and confiscated my sign and remaining pamphlets. They
left a citation for violation of 41 CFR Section 102 § 74.415(c)
”Unauthorized Distribution of Pamphlets.” I was then
unarrested and instructed to leave. However I remained in the
spread eagle position and did not move a muscle nor utter a
sound. Passersby asked the police what was wrong with me and
This became embarrassing for the police, so at 12:05 pm I was
threatened with a second arrest if I did not leave. I ignored
them. At about 12:10 pm, they called an ambulance, which arrived
at 12:35 pm. I was lifted onto a stretcher and put into the
ambulance. In the ambulance were 2 medics and a driver.
Officer Barnes entered the ambulance at 12:48 pm.
After 5 minutes of discussion between Barnes and the medics,
Barnes left the ambulance at 12:53 pm. One medic beat my chest
and throat in an effort to get me to talk. I said nothing and did
not move. They started a medical exam of me which included blood
pressure, pulse, electrocardiogram, and drawing blood for a sugar
test. We left the courthouse at 12:55 pm and arrived at the New
York Downtown Hospital before 1:15 pm.
I was placed on a gurney and moved into the hospital. One
of the nurses recognized me from my previous visit on November 23,
2009. I was left alone at about 1:20 pm. I got up and
walked out of the hospital at 1:25 pm without signing out.