Seeking Eyewitnesses & Video of Mar. 21 SFPD
Demand Release of Those Arrested
San Francisco police arrested 10 people and assaulted many more during
and after a permitted March 21 rally in the Civic Center marking the
sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Dozens of people suffered bruises, cuts and other injuries in
unprovoked attacks. The police particularly focused their attack on young
Palestinians and other Arab Americans.
As of this writing, eight of those arrested remain in jail, all but
one facing felony charges, their average bail is set at $50,000. One of
the women arrested remains hospitalized for a head injury inflicted by an
Legal Update from the National
Lawyers Guild on Mar. 21 Anti-War March in S.F.
There was a large amount of police violence at yesterday’s anti-war rally
and march. The SFPD arrested ten people. Five are being held on felony
Lynching and Resisting charges after a skirmish with police in the Civic
Center. Their bails are $53,000 each.
At least one woman reportedly suffered a head injury during the
arrests. During the same incident SFPD also reportedly seriously injured
two women who were not arrested but were hospitalized with numerous
injures including reports of head trauma and multiple broken bones.
Another five people were arrested in the BART station as the rally was
ending after an incident involving pepper spray. Police arrested five
Arab youths who were reportedly the victims of the pepper spraying. Two
of them who were under eighteen were released to their parents; the other
three are being held on Battery and Conspiracy charges also with bails of
The NLG and legal volunteers are keeping track of evidence
concerning these arrests. If you witnessed the incidents or know
anyone who did, please have them call the legal support hotline at
415-285-1011. The NLG will also be looking for lawyers to help
Immediate Action Alert from
Arab American Community
You can use the following to call or email city officials about the
March 21st arrests:
Hi my name is____________________________.
I am calling about the arrests of:
Majdi Abu Hamdieh
These individuals were wrongfully arrested while participating in a
legal, peaceful march yesterday. We are demanding that the charges
be dropped immediately and that they be released to their families.
Make your call immediately to all of the following:
SFPD Public Affairs
(415) 553-1651 (ph)
(415) 553-9229 (fax)
SF District Attorney
Bureau of Investigation: (415) 553-1030
Erica Terry Derryck (415) 553-1167
Connie Chang (415) 553-9108
Mayor Gavin Newsom
If you find out any update about these arrests during your calls, please
let us know by calling (510) 534-7933.