For Immediate Release
Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Jodie Evans, CODEPINK co-founder, 310-621-5635
Arrested CODEPINK Member Released From Jail, Optimistic For Further Action
DENVER - CODEPINK member Alicia Forrest, 24, arrested yesterday on her way to
a rally here during the Democratic convention, was released from Denver City Jail at 9 p.m.
Tuesday. While tired from the ordeal, she's optimistic for further
CODEPINK actions and progress for the rest of the week.
"I was standing up for my free speech rights, showing support for a fellow activist," Forrest said.
"If anything, this showed me how powerful standing up for your beliefs
can be, and how necessary it is for the truth to get out even in the
face of resistance."
Before arresting Forrest, of the women's peace group, CODEPINK,
officer Scott Stewart of the Denver police shoved the woman to the
ground with a raised
baton, left her on the ground in pain for several minutes. When she
began answering questions to reporters nearby, Stewart pulled her
roughly away by the elbows and arrested her on charges of interference.
Greg Campbell, a Denver police sergeant of internal affairs, told
Forrest the officer who struck Forrest had been pulled from the line and can no longer
interact with demonstrators.
"I was shocked that he did it," Forrest said. "We're a nonviolent
organization, we were peacefully assembling for a march, and all of the
officers I've encountered up until this point have been amazing and
helpful. It's officers like (Stewart) who paint police in a bad light."
Forrest was arrested on charges of
interference near 12 p.m. Tuesday, moments before the beginning of a
demonstrator's march here during the Democratic National Convention.
The Rocky Mountain News has released video documenting the events here (http://www.rockymountainnews.