Two Teens Arrested

On Wednesday, August 27, police officers brutally arrested two teenage girls, ages 15 and 17, near Senator Obama’s Denver hotel.   The young women, Julia Giacopuzzi and Jayne White, were writing messages in sidewalk chalk on the public sidewalk when the police officers rushed in and violently arrested the girls without warning or provocation. The girls are members of the pro-life youth organization Survivors, and were in Denver during the Democratic National Convention to call attention to Senator Barack Obama’s pro-abortion position as part of A Prayer for Change. Throughout the DNC, the youth of Survivors were using sidewalk chalk throughout the city of Denver with the permission of City Attorney David Fine and Denver Deputy Chief of Police John Lamb.  It was understood by the young women that sidewalk chalk was an accepted medium, and they were given no warning by the police before being cuffed and dragged away. JJayne ayne White, age 17, was rushed from behind by a police officer and pushed face-down on the ground.  He slammed his knee into the back of the young woman’s neck as she lay on the concrete without resisting.  The officer forcefully pulled her arms behind her back and cuffed her. Miss White states, “I was peacefully sidewalk chalking when I was forcefully pushed to ground by a police officer from behind.  As I was being cuffed on the ground, the police officer pushed his knee into the back of my neck.  I was pulled roughly off the ground and taken away.  I was given no warning to stop and was completely shocked when I was arrested.  My back was throbbing from his knee.” JuliaJulia Giacopuzzi, age 15, was surprised by a police officer twisting her arms behind her back and using them to lift her off the ground to be handcuffed. Miss Giacopuzzi comments, “As I was sidewalk chalking, I was rushed by a police officer without warning and lifted up off the ground and was cuffed.  I was then dragged by the police into the Westin Hotel.” Also arrested was the Rev. Patrick J.  Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition of Washington, DC.  Rev. Mahoney was arrested and threatened with a felony for leading the event.

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