Plainclothes Police at the March for Our Lives in St. Paul

On September 2nd in St. Paul, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) brought together poor and homeless people of every race, background and age, students, social workers, union members, lawyers, religious leaders, artists and others who stand for social and economic justice. The PPEHRC raised their voices in the “March for Our Lives” to demand “Money for Health Care and Housing, Not for War!”

The rally held at Mears Park and the march that followed were heavily infiltrated by plainclothes law enforcement officers.

Interview with Undercover Infiltrators at the March For Our Lives in St. Paul, 9/2/08: video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/03/18532509.php

How do you know they are cops?

By the way they act.
By the way they dress.
By their own confirmations.
By their responses to questions.
By them coming after me and taking photos.
By the way they methodologically film individuals.
By them getting into a car with someone wearing a badge.

From wikipedia:

Plainclothes Law Enforcement

“Undercover agents should not be confused with law enforcement agents who wear plainclothes. This method is used by police and intelligence agencies. To wear plainclothes is to wear “ordinary clothes”, instead of wearing a uniform typically associated with the occupation, in order to avoid detection or identification as a member of law enforcement. Plainclothes police officers typically carry normal police equipment and identification. Police detectives are often assigned to wear plainclothes instead of the uniform typically worn by their peers. The principal difference is that undercover agents will often work under an assumed identity whereas plainclothes police will normally use their own identity.”

You can learn more about plainclothes police, undercover agents as well as agents provocateurs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_provocateur

Crossposted at Indybay.org.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.