Anti-War Organization Gets Visit from the SFPD

 
Bay Area United Against War (or B.A.U.A.W.) was visited by the SFPD on April 2nd. The police were waiting at Centro del Pueblo when BAUAW members arrived for their meeting on Saturday. The police, who claimed to have been sent by Lt. Lynch of the Richmond Police Station, asked questions such as how many people would attend the meeting and how many were expected for the upcoming "demonstration" at Washington High School. When they were told that they didn't belong at the meeting, the police officers said that they were "part of the community," so they should be allowed to be there for the public meeting. In a statement, BAUAW said, "Police Officers do not have a right to attend and ask questions at an antiwar meeting! Their presence is intimidating." Lt. Lynch, when he was confronted on Sunday, said that this statement reflected BAUAW members' negative attitude towards the police.

As part of B.A.U.A.W.'s campaign to implement Proposition N, the ballot measure that S.F. voters approved last year to bring all the troops home now from Iraq, they were planning a counter-recruitment information table at a career fair at the school for Tuesday, April 5th. This is not the kind of demonstration that would require police-issued permits. BAUAW says, "The police have no right to show up at our meetings where we discuss our antiwar work. We have filed a formal complaint against the police for this intrusion on our rights and are seeking legal advice to prevent them from doing it again without good cause." Read more

BAUAW's website

Bay Area United Against War (or B.A.U.A.W.) was visited by the SFPD on April 2nd. The police were waiting at Centro del Pueblo when BAUAW members arrived for their meeting on Saturday. The police, who claimed to have been sent by Lt. Lynch of the Richmond Police Station, asked questions such as how many people would attend the meeting and how many were expected for the upcoming "demonstration" at Washington High School. When they were told that they didn't belong at the meeting, the police officers said that they were "part of the community," so they should be allowed to be there for the public meeting. In a statement, BAUAW said, "Police Officers do not have a right to attend and ask questions at an antiwar meeting! Their presence is intimidating." Lt. Lynch, when he was confronted on Sunday, said that this statement reflected BAUAW members' negative attitude towards the police.

As part of B.A.U.A.W.'s campaign to implement Proposition N, the ballot measure that S.F. voters approved last year to bring all the troops home now from Iraq, they were planning a counter-recruitment information table at a career fair at the school for Tuesday, April 5th. This is not the kind of demonstration that would require police-issued permits. BAUAW says, "The police have no right to show up at our meetings where we discuss our antiwar work. We have filed a formal complaint against the police for this intrusion on our rights and are seeking legal advice to prevent them from doing it again without good cause." Read more

BAUAW's website

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