City Paper is not for tourists
While the Obama Inauguration promises to be filled with hope, optimism, and Pepsi, there is still a chance that you could be messed with by the gazillion cops filling up the protected security zone. You could get patted down for no reason, arrested on some dumb charge (failure to obey, loitering, whatever).
Anyone remember Pershing Park? Lanier had her hands in that fiasco which resulted in hundreds of people being rounded up, arrested and hogtied. It also resulted in a lot of lawsuits that cost the city tons of dough. And proved to be a huge blemish on the career of then-Chief Charles H. Ramsey.
I can’t imagine anyone getting hogtied by some thumper cops. But just in case, you should know who to call if you feel your rights are being violated. You should call on the Partnership for Civil Justice. The organization’s team of lawyers did brilliant, tough work on the Pershing Park cases and have taken strong positions regarding the inauguration and making sure it is as civilian friendly as possible.
The partnership has already helped free the inauguration from being overly privatized. And have put in work on the free-speech beat.The group offers a fresh antidote to a city very much enthralled with Obama and seemingly willing to give up huge chunks of downtown real estate to the rich and connected for the coming week.
Update 4:02 p.m. The AP is reporting that inaugural security is going to be the highest ever.