ACLU to investigate Rainbow Family treatment
Associated Press - July 5, 2008 5:25 PM ET
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union plans
to investigate how federal law enforcement officers treated members
of the Rainbow Family during their annual gathering this year in
Federal officers arrested five Rainbow Family members Thursday
night. The U.S. Forest Service says the arrests occurred after a
mob of perhaps 400 Rainbows threw rocks and sticks at 10 agency
police officers after they tried to arrest one member of the group.
Linda Burt is executive director of the ACLU in Wyoming. She says
her organization plans to accept collect calls from Rainbow Family
members for the next two weeks to hear how law enforcement treated
Burt says she's concerned about reports that law enforcement officers
have been ticketing Rainbow Family members for the smallest traffic
infractions. She also said she's heard reports that officers have
walked among the Rainbow camps asking people if they're using drugs
with reason to suspect that any crime has been committed.
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