Ohio police attack Long Walkers
By Brenda Norrell, Censored News 

[Note from Native Village: Because Native Village is housed in Ohio, Director Gina Boltz contacted the city editor of the Columbus Dispatch newspaper to ask if they reported this incident. The Dispatch's City Editor, Carol Ann Lease, responded to say they hadn't. When asked why, Ms. Lease emailed:  "As a journalist, you know that editors make decisions every day on what to write about. Reasonable minds can, and often do, disagree on those judgment calls."
     While we respect the Columbus Dispatch, it's staff, and its right to control new articles, we don't consider reporting this incident merely a "judgment call". The Longest Walk is a national march that crossed many states with the support of many governors. Ohio's DOT had been notified and had approved the walkers' passage. The event had been entirely peaceful until Columbus police swarmed in for no apparent reason and harassed innocent people in front of many children.
      So, we ask the Columbus Dispatch, what DOES constitute a newsworthy event?
      From the many Ohioans who are embarrassed and ashamed by the Columbus Police's actions and our media's lack of interest, we offer the Long Walkers our deepest and most sincere apology.  Our state let you -- and all of us -- down. ]

 

     Columbus Ohio police terrorize Longest Walk children   COLUMBUS Ohio – Unprovoked Columbus, Ohio police, attacked Long Walkers, by first pointing a taser at the head of Michael Lane and then forcing Luv the Mezenger to the ground and handcuffing him.
        The Longest Walk Northern Route was walking this prayer through Columbus on Monday, June 2, when squad cars and arrest wagons arrived. Without discussion of the purpose of the prayer walk, or even verify that the Ohio Department of Transportation had been notified of the prayer walk, police attacked the walkers.
        Michael Lane, who arrived on the walk with his wife, Sharon Heta, Maori, and their children from New Zealand, was targeted by police with a taser.
As dozens of police came at the walkers, a police officer held a taser three feet away from Lane’s head.
       
Columbus Ohio Police Attack Long Walkers
Luv the Mezenger from Los Angeles went to the aid of Lane. At that point, police officers threw Luv on the ground and handcuffed him. Luv has been on the walk since it left California in February, walking over a stretch of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on snowshoes.
        Lane, who has a law degree from the University of Arizona, said the worst part of being targeted by a police officer with a taser was that it terrified his daughters who only knew that a gun was being pointed at their father’s head.
        Across the continent, police-induced deaths from tasers have increased.
        Luv suffered minor injuries from the police attack. Police made no arrests.
        Govinda Dalton, broadcasting on the live Longest Walk Talk radio on Earthcycles web radio, said, “They came to arrest the walkers with paddy wagons without even having a discussion as to what the walk is about, or the fact that the Ohio Department of Transportation has already been contacted.”
        The harassment by Ohio police continued today, Tuesday, June 3, when police ordered Longest Walk drummers off an area at the Ohio State Capitol. However, the Long Walkers continued with their press conference and aired statements on their loud speaker at the capitol.
   
    It has been almost four months since the prayer walk began on Alcatraz, on Feb. 11. Until June 2, there were no attacks on the walkers. In fact, the majority of the governors in the states that the northern route has walked through have issued proclamations of support for the Longest Walk 2.
        The Longest Walk 2 for Mother Earth and protection of sacred places is being walked thirty years after the original 1978 Longest Walk, a prayer walk for Indian rights and the recognition of the inherent sovereignty of Indian people and Indian Nations.
        Listen for interviews on Earthcycles’ Longest Walk Talk Radio which has archived 400 interviews with walkers and people along the route since the walk left Alcatraz, on issues all across America.
        The radio topics, voiced by people across America, have included the rise of the police state in the United States, the targeting of American Indians by city, state and federal police, the rise of xenophobia and the television-fueled, fear-mongering by the Bush administration in the violations of federal law and rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, including free speech.
        The radio topics include global climate change, nuclear testing and gold mining on Western Shoshone lands, Paiute traditional hunting and gathering rights, scientists battling Paiutes for 10,000 year old Spirit Cave Man remains, the Kickapoo Nation without water in Kansas, Navajo coal mining and relocation, Nazi-style forces at the US/Mexico border and the destruction of Tohono O’odham ancestor remains for the border wall.
   
     Those interviewed, including Mohawks at the northern border and Maori from New Zealand, discussed Canada and New Zealand’s oppression Indigenous Peoples and attacks on sovereign peoples. There are also interviews on America’s economic collapse and war profiteering, the proliferation of power plants to enrich Bush’s corporate donors, profiteering by private security contractors and private prisons for migrants and the cost of the bogus war in Iraq: American Indians and people of color considered expendables to die in Iraq.



Walkers on the northern route converge with walkers on the southern route to march into Washington on July 11.
        Listen to the latest interviews about the prayer walkers attacked by Ohio police: http://www.earthcycles.net

 Photos and articles from http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

 

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