Anti-war protesters block doors...

  1. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs...Cat=ARCHIVES30

    24 anti-war protesters are arrested at S. Toledo recruiting office
    Monday March 18, 2003


    Toledo police arrested two dozen anti-war protesters yesterday morning after they blocked the entrance of military recruiting offices in a South Toledo strip mall.

    More than 100 protesters gathered at the mall and chanted opposition to military action against Iraq and some sat on the sidewalk and blocked the doors, triggering a standoff with police.

    It ended with the peaceful arrests of 24 people, some of whom had to be carried to police vehicles.

    "I felt I had to do something to stop the loss of innocent life of people and our military," said Tom McDonald of Grand Rapids, Ohio, who was arrested. "We just couldn't stand here and do nothing."

    The protesters, organized by the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition and led by former Toledo city councilman Mike Ferner, sat in front of the U.S. Army and Navy recruitment offices in the South Reynolds Plaza, 522-540 South Reynolds Rd.

    Eleven protesters were arrested for blocking the Army recruitment office entrance and 13 others were arrested for sitting in the driveway of the plaza. The protest began about 10:30 a.m. and ended about 1:30 p.m.

    At one point, protester Steve Miller was heard to softly issue this reminder: "The police are not our enemies. They're here to keep the peace."

    Right about that time, Lt. John Preston was the first police officer to approach the protesters. Walking up to the group that included Mr. Miller, he said:

    "These people here, unless they've got a reason here for blocking the door, are going to have to leave." He listened to Mr. Miller's explanation for blocking the doorway, then shook his head and smiled.

    "I don't quite understand this. You're for peace, and then you want a confrontation."

    Police gave Mr. Miller just that: They handcuffed him and carried him away. He made no attempt to walk.

    First Sgt. Brian Beedee, in charge of northwest Ohio recruiting for the Army, had to be escorted past protesters by Lieutenant Preston shortly before noon.

    "We do our thing so they can do their thing, so that's all right," Sergeant Beedee said. "It's when they impede the doorway is when we have problems. You know, I didn't see any of them protesting about killing civilians after 9/11."

    Throughout the protest, Lieutenant Preston met with Terry Lodge, an attorney for the coalition, to discuss the situation. At one point, ending a discussion about the impending arrests, the lieutenant smiled and looked at Mr. Lodge.

    "This is something I'd rather not do," he said. "At eight o'clock tonight the President's going to say we're going to war."

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    Last edit by mkue on Mar 19, '03
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   nursenoelle
    I especially enjoyed First Sgt. Beedees' assessment of the situation.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    "We do our thing so they can do their thing, so that's all right," Sergeant Beedee said. "It's when they impede the doorway is when we have problems. You know, I didn't see any of them protesting about killing civilians after 9/11."


    Thank you Sergeant Beedee.

    Steph
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Interesting.

    Thanks mkue, I hadn't caught today's paper yet.

    Heather
  6. by   Mkue
    You're welcome Heather. I first heard about it on 92.5 and decided to see what The Blade had written. I think it was in yesterdays Blade.
  7. by   RN-PA
    Protestors have been lying down in the streets of downtown Philadelphia stopping traffic the past few days. I don't know why the police are letting them tie up traffic-- thought there was a law.
  8. by   Mkue
    I'm sorry but some people are just "dingbats" .. Protesters lying in the steets of NY City, many arrested today.. hasn't New York suffered enough?.. give it a rest protesters. Lying in the streets is just plain desperation and not helping their cause.. Pulling essential police officials to babysit protesters is ridiculous.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have to agree with you Marie.
  10. by   Tilleycs
  11. by   Mkue
    Thanks Deb.

    Tilleycs, I just heard about the man falling from the Golden Gate Bridge, thanks for the links.
  12. by   Rhoresmith
    What good does lying in the streets do? Someones going to get killed

    Rhonda
    Pray for our soldiers!!!
  13. by   Aussienurse2
    They have been killed and they are being killed as we type here.
  14. by   Mkue
    Protesters have not and will not stop this War.

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