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by Mary Shelton
Friday, May. 11, 2001 at 7:45 PM
After the Riverside Police Department's Metro SWAT team had pulled an activist out of the middle of a crowd of protesters to cite him for crossing against a don't walk signal, the activists vowed to keep marching, while the city applauded the crackdown. I decided to file a complaint with the department's internal affairs division, not knowing that the old adage that police officers investigate themselves was going to turn out to be quite true. Here is more background on the police crackdown and the cast of characters that led the charge, against a peaceful group.
During the demonstration that became known, as Retaliatory Monday, I had grabbed my disposable camera out of my backpack, and darted, in between officers and activists, taking pictures of the protest that had deteriorated into an exercise of police might. Gallegos was standing between the two officers, who filled out his ticket and fingerprinted him, while keeping him under wristlock. I asked myself, where did they think he was going, if they had let him go. Professional photographers from local newspapers, and a woman with a camcorder captured snapshots, the type that do not fade with the passage of time. The Area One Commander, Lt. Jeffrey Collapy, was talking to Press Enterprise reporter, Ana Lima, his back turned to the melee occurring behind him, as Officer Banks continued to try to reach for a mother carrying a baby. The woman spun around, in defense, and the baby
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