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by Alex Chrisman-Unlawful Assembly
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000 at 11:39 PM
"Clown Guy," who does work for the IMC, was taken into custody after informing members of the Black Bloc via mic about their rights
Apparently it is now illegal in the City of Los Angeles to use a megaphone, if the arrest of IMC staffter "clown guy" is any evidence. During today's August 15th events in the downtown area, the police warned the man to stop using his megaphone. Clown guy, who has been seen as the voice of reason at many protests in recent days, was warning members of the Black Bloc about their legal right to have a lawyer present when police ordered him to stop. Black Bloc members were being arrested in connectsion with the breaking of car widows on a city street not far from Pershing Square.
Clown guy, after the LAPD violated the first ammendment and ceased allowing him to use his megaphone, resorted to yelling. Later, as he was proceeding down the street, two officers stopped him and a reporter from alternative webzine Unlawful Assembly and took them into custody. At this point the two were denied the right to legal advice by the police and were taken to the seen of the Black Bloc incident. The UA reporter was relased at this time, but clown man remained in the car and is belived to have been taken to jail.
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