FIJA 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 showed concern.

    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.