demonstration of 8–4-10
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse in
Manhattan at 11:30 am. It was a warm and sunny day. At the
outskirts of federal property I met Adam Mueller and Peter Eyre from
Liberty on Tour. Also there were bile and Darren Wolfe. All four
were there to videotape the proceedings.
After some preliminary discussion we moved to
the courtyard of the District Courthouse at 11:45 am. I
distributed the American Jury Institute pamphlet “True or
False: Factual Information about Jury Service” along with my
flyer. Adam Mueller also distributed some of these.
Sargent Sullivan and another Federal Service Marshall were there when
we arrived. Altogether we distributed about 35 pamphlets.
At 12:06 pm, there were 3 police officers
present. At 12:15 pm Sergent Sullivan and officer Valentin
approached me and asked me to move off federal property. I
refused. Each of them grabbed one of my arms and took my Jury
Info sign and remaining pamphlets. I was not placed under arrest
nor given a citation. It was an undisguised assault. I lay
still, did not move a muscle, or utter a sound. None of the other
of my four accomplices were forced off the property, and none were
The police called Emergency Medical Service of
the NY City Fire Department to send an ambulance. I was placed on
a stretcher at 12:25 pm and put into the ambulance. On the way to
the hospital, two medics examined me, but I gave no response. We
arrived at the NY City Downtown Hospital at 12:35 pm, and I was carried
on a stretcher into the emergency ward.
I still uttered no sound nor moved a
muscle. The hospital staff applied painful pressure to my chest
in order to get me talk. Also a large object was place in my
mouth with the intention of forcing it down my throat, but it was too
large to get into my jaw. Then I was tickled by a small fine
brush on my lips, nostrils, and left cornea. Still I did not move
Finally Dr. Rubinstein, an intern, begged me to
talk, so I did at 1:10 pm. I said that I was all right and wanted
to be discharged. He said that I would have to answer some
questions, but I informed him that I was exercising my Fifth Amendment
right to remain silent. He asked for my name, but I refused to
He left me and talked with some other
staff. He said that I would be discharged. He filled out
some paperwork authorized by the attending Physician Antonio Dajer. Dr.
Rubinstein admonished me that the Emergency Medical Service was
intended only for sick people. I responded that he should so
inform the Federal Protective Service. I signed the discharge
paper as John Galt and left at 1:30 pm.