[pic] ‘Brutal’ Cop Breaks Leg of Slave Labor Protester

Source : Photo Neil

This incident happened last year August but the brutality of how she was treated remains a fresh issue in the minds and hearts of many. Below is an updated account of the specifics of the story :

By STEVEN STYCOS | July 23, 2008

One year after North Providence police severely injured Alexandra Svoboda during a demonstration, she awaits a fifth knee surgery and a trial for resisting arrest.

Svoboda, who lives in Providence’s West End, was hurt August 11, 2007, when North Providence police arrested her after ordering about 40 marchers to move from Mineral Spring Avenue to the sidewalk.

The protest, led by the International Workers of the World (IWW), targeted Jackie’s Galaxy restaurant for doing business with a New York supplier accused of underpaying its warehouse workers. Another protestor, Jason Friedmutter of Providence, was also arrested.

The North Providence police actions prompted a second demonstration that drew 200 people, raising questions about whether that would mark an apex for the local IWW faction. So far, no officer has been disciplined for what Providence IWW delegate Jason Tompkins calls “the attack.”

Although he says Svoboda’s injury was “unfortunate,” Richard Fossa, chief of staff to North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, says, “The police officers weren’t found to be doing anything they don’t usually do,” and he confirms, “No one was reprimanded in any way.”

Svoboda declined comment, due to her pending trial. Tompkins, however, blames the incident on what he calls police inexperience. All demonstrators did not immediately leave the street when ordered, he concedes, but at the time of the scuffle with Svoboda, most were on the sidewalk. “Without that training to keep a level head,” Tompkins says, “[the police] didn’t know what to do.”

Attorney General Patrick Lynch plans to investigate the incident, but he has to wait until after Svoboda’s trial, explains Alan Goulart, chief of the AG’s criminal division. To receive a jury trial, Svoboda waived her case into Superior Court, where prosecutions are handled by the AG, not the North Providence town solicitor.

That created a conflict of interest for the AG’s office, says Goulart. To solve the problem, Lynch will soon hire an outside lawyer. Then, when the trial is finished, the AG will interview Svoboda about police actions dur-ing her arrest. “We can’t complete our investigation until we talk with Svoboda,” Goulart says.

The case is scheduled for an August 28 pre-trial conference. Svoboda’s lawyer, Robert Mann, says he has no complaints about the long delay, since his client’s arrest for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and simple assault. “It’s a complicated case,” he says. “It requires a lot of work.”

Tompkins says the case has diverted the attention of the IWW’s 30-member Providence branch from labor organizing. Instead, the group has focused its efforts on publicizing the case and holding benefits to pay Svoboda’s legal and living expenses.

Immediately after the injury, Svoboda says, she spent two weeks in the hospital and had four surgeries. For the next six months, she walked with crutches, and she still walks with a cane, wears a knee brace, and attends twice-weekly physical therapy, she says. She cannot work or resume classes at the Community College of Rhode Island, Svoboda adds, because she has two more knee surgeries scheduled this fall.

On August 10, the IWW will hold an anniversary event at Olneyville’s Donigan Park with music, food, and speakers to publicize Svoboda’s case and to celebrate her partial recovery.

9 thoughts on “[pic] ‘Brutal’ Cop Breaks Leg of Slave Labor Protester

  1. billy :
    Ha HA HA!!!
    Thats what you get for being a commie. Now bitch go limb back to the kitchen and make your man a sandwich. Then after lunch go down to Wal-Mart and buy some sweat shop clothes and praise Capitalism.

    Get back to the 1950s, you McCarthyist buffoon!

  2. Ha HA HA!!!

    Thats what you get for being a commie. Now bitch go limb back to the kitchen and make your man a sandwich. Then after lunch go down to Wal-Mart and buy some sweat shop clothes and praise Capitalism.

  3. Oh yah, Every cop wants to hurt a minority. What utter BS. If you were not a criminal the cops would not mess with you. The problem is you are a criminal and the cops should be beating your ass every time they get a change. That is what I pay my taxes for. You get NO sypmathy from me…

  4. Pingback: ‘Brutal’ Cop Breaks Leg of Slave Labor Protester « STREET KNOWLEDGE MEDIA « Churchtattoo

  5. I’ll be honest with folks. I find it funny that these police tactics which have been employed against minorities for decades are finally finding their way back to good ol’ white, suburban Amerikkka. For so long, these very same people stood by, and some enjoyed, watching our people go through this very same brutality and subsequent injustice. Now, they go through it as well. If they cared to speak up then, maybe they wouldn’t be going through this now! Too late! This is a new crop of police officers and they don’t discriminate anymore. At least she gets the courtesy of staying alive.

Sound Off!!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s