Nurses Association Condemn Rahm Emanuel For Occupy Chicago Arrests

Oh, I had hoped we heard the last of Rahm Emanuel on the national scene. No such luck:

Registered nurses from across the U.S. today condemned Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel [sic] for his decision to arrest nurse volunteers, as well as peaceful protesters, in a late night crackdown, Oct. 22 at the Occupy Chicago protest.

National Nurses United is asking supporters to call Mayor Emmanuel’s office at 312-744-5000 and demand they immediately drop all charges against the nurses and other protesters and stop the harassment and arrests of the nurses and others peacefully exercising their free speech rights.

Apparently, they're still in jail, actually holding general assemblies. And from what Greg Mitchell is reporting, there's more:

From Occupy Chicago: "They still haven't released the nurses who were arrested last nigh(t)." You may recall the human chain around the medical tent. " One of the holding cells with about 30 men had no working sink. Their requests were ignored for 5 to 6 hours....An epileptic girl needed her meds. We yelled for an hour before anyone came and then they ignored for another hour....We yelled for about sixteen hours to make a phonecall before they finally let some of us...This protester asked different police officers 86 times politely to make a phone call. Ignored all night.....

"We were given no food until noon today after yelling for hours they gave us a bologna sandwich.....Most of those of us who were in jail were not even allowed a phone call even though we asked for one repeatedly.....Two of the people who did get a phonecall report that the bondsmen were playing videogames instead of working on our paperwork....None of the men were given toilet paper for the past twenty hours. "

Denying meds? Refusing to allow them their right to a phone call? No toilet paper? Funny, I don't remember this kind of treatment of the armed tea party participants.

Oh yeah, Rahm needs a call from you. It's about time he remembers who he's supposed to be working for.


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