Only 11 Arrests In Total At Democratic Convention

As we were impressed that only 24 were arrested at the RNC. CBS Philadelphia reports:

Bernie Sanders’ devoted followers were careful to pick up after themselves and wore hats embroidered with a dove to remind everyone to remain peaceful. And the police, instead of hauling demonstrators off to jail, issued them $50 tickets for disorderly conduct and released them with a complimentary bottle of water.

As the Democratic National Convention drew toward a close Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia police reported making a four-day total of only 11 arrests, and police and protesters alike were credited with showing restraint and courtesy.

The rallies and marches that some feared would result in violence and mass disruptions instead brought a festival-like atmosphere at times to City Hall and Broad Street.

“I’m very happy so far with everyone,” Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. He said his officers “took pride in what they did all week. Very patient, tolerant and courteous is what I was hearing from a lot of people.”

The ACLU is crediting the police for their “hands-off” policy during the demonstrations.

  • Glad to hear it, just as I was pleased to see the DNC organizers were also able to get a handle on the inside-arena protests and heckling, without resorting to arrests.

  • Bruno

    That’s awesome they even got a gift bag! #botlivesmatter

  • thom

    ot:// BREAKING Hillary Clinton campaign has been hacked in attack on democrats

    • Bruno

      “The involvement of the Justice Department’s national security division is a sign that the Obama administration has concluded that the hacking was state sponsored, individuals with knowledge of the investigation said.”

      • Trump, of course, will respond with another treasonous call for America to be cyber-attacked.

        • Bruno

          Let’s hope so.

        • thom

          assange has said wikileaks next release will land Clinton in jail.

          • Bruno

            He’s probably about the 10 millionth person in history to have said that about her.

          • thom

            yeah, i completely agree. he’s sounding like a rnc speaker. and he attacked Snowden the other day.
            but this is probably the leak that he THINKS will sink her.

            wtf is this election? russia, and julian assange teaming up to win the election for Donald trump.

          • another_steve

            The irrational and overwhelming hatred that some have for Hillary Clinton is beyond political in nature. I think it may be Freudian.

            For some straight men, the thought of a woman being the most powerful person on the planet must be the ultimate erection killer. The ultimate threat to their sense of masculinity.

          • Bruno

            And maybe Kim Jong Un too.

          • Bruno

            Perhaps if this new info does sink Clinton, Obama will retaliate by putting pressure on UK to get him sent back to Sweden.

          • Michael Rush
    • Lazycrockett

      This happened in March.

      • SoCalGal20

        No, this is new.

    • SoCalGal20

      This just gets better and better. I wonder if the Russians are now in possession of my purchase history from the Hillary store lol.

      In Joe’s earlier post about the DCCC hack they said it seemed to be different from the DNC hack and that it appeared they were looking for “credentials”. I’m very curious what that means. What kind of credentials?

      I wonder if the DSCC has also been hacked. I would assume they would have said something if they had.

  • bkmn

    I’ve never understood why some police seem to really loathe peaceful demonstrators. Peaceful protest is a right.

    • Six Pins Delores


      And screw Freedom Zones. The entire U.S. is supposed to be a “Freedom Zone”

    • David L. Caster

      Unwanted overtime?

      • Romero

        They should get new jobs then! Shit!

        • David L. Caster

          If that’s the reason, then probably. Maybe some of them empathize with the protesters and that bothers them too. Don’t know.

  • justme

    According to Freitbart’s headlines hundreds were arrested and violence was everywhere

    So tell me again which is the fantasy???

    • AtticusP

      Creating alternate reality is hard!

      • justme

        living in it even harder

    • kaydenpat

      Lying liars are gonna lie.

  • AtticusP

    Trump tweets: we beat the Dems by 13!

    • Bruno

      13 what? EDIT: Never mind. LOL.

      • AtticusP

        RNC: 24 arrests. DNC: 11 arrests. WooHoo!

        • Bruno

          Thanks, I realized right after and edited.

      • Thirteen turds left in the unflushed toilet bowl which was the RNC stage set.

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  • Rex

    At least the RNC employed more rent boys.

  • Todd

    That’s less than the number of people who threatened Hillary at the RNC …….but NONE of them was arrested, so ….

  • Good Shot Green

    Yeah, there were stacks of free bottles of water all along South Broad which was pretty cool.

    • Gustav2

      A hydrated protester is less testy…it was hot and humid.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “H! 2! NO!”
        [drops in street]

  • Paula

    For once, I am glad we are in second place.
    Besides, the GOP will always be No. 2 to me.

  • Good Shot Green

    What was with the goat on a leash? Did anyone else see that?

  • SoCalGal20

    Final ratings are in (though not with all channels included yet) but the final DNC night was up from Wed. night but down from the final night of the RNC. It was slightly higher than the final DNC night in 2012. I’m sure Drumpf will tweet about doing better than Hillary. 🙄

    Overall, the DNC beat out the RNC in viewers.

  • danolgb

    Oh my sides..

    Bernie Fans Abandoned DNC Protest Because ‘Microaggressions’ Made Them Cry

    • SoCalGal20

      There was an idiot Berniebro on my news radio station yesterday complaining about how “badly” they’d been treated by the DNC all week. BITCH PLEASE

      • Nic Peterson

        his man bun must have been tied a little to tight.

    • Bruno

      The ultimate martyr syndrome. They thought they were ABSOLUTELY ENTITLED to chant, scream, disrupt, maybe bumrush the stage, because they’re right and everyone else is wrong? And then they have the nerve to complain because they were outchanted and felt marginalized? Babies, whiners, spoiled brats. I hope I never end up meeting one of those particular delegates, because it will not be pretty.

    • kaydenpat

      Lol. Poor babies.

    • Oh for fuck’s sake… ‘Microaggressions’ = ‘We weren’t allowed to freely and completely disrupt the convention and force the party to defy the primary results and nominate our Lord and Savior Bernie Sanders and his Holy Consort Nina Turner as the party’s nominees, or failing that at least to ensure Clinton and Kaine and the party are so badly damaged that Donald Trump and the Republicans win the election in November.’

      I remember this from back in early June, and it’s still cogent:

      The more I reflected on them, the more I realized the key point: They felt entitled to win, and a defeat meant that someone must have cheated or that their opinions did not matter, which of course couldn’t be true. They preferred to suspend reality and fabricate injustices rather than concede that Sanders has lost fair and square.

      Essentially, we disagreed on what America supposedly promised or owed us. They felt success was promised to them. The entitlement to believe that you should always win allowed them to overlook how the system in many ways has always been unjustly rigged in their favor because they’re white. I brought up race during our conversation and how I’m very aware of how a system can be rigged against you. These guys acknowledged my point, but it was obvious that this reality did not factor much into their thinking. They felt aggrieved and cheated, and that was all that mattered.

      • dr morbius

        keep on not noticing the Favorite of Wall Street advantages…

  • Viod Null

    The Day After the Convention: An Open Letter to Berniecrats about the Future of the Political Revolution

    By Maximilien Valente

    Posted on July 29, 2016

    Dear friends and fellow Berniecrats, as the dust of the Democratic Convention settles, we must look back over the last year’s events and understand what’s happened, but most importantly, we must also realize that we are now faced with a momentous collective choice. While what transpired in Philadelphia this week was heartbreaking, we must also boldly face the horrible reality that this tragic outcome was practically inevitable. Over the course of the last year, our movement has grown so large and powerful, that the Democratic Party establishment itself resorted to outright obstruction to protect what was clearly their predetermined candidate. The release of the Wikileaks emails and voicemails have proven–without any doubt–that the Democratic Party leadership, at the very least, violated its own rules by showing favoritism towards Hillary Clinton, and at worst, resorted to outright election fraud in order to win. What these revelations reveal is dire. The consequences of this horrible reality set an extreme precedent, which we cannot in good conscience allow.

    Many of us were devastated by Bernie’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, so much so in fact, that some Berners still cling to the hope that writing him in will have an impact. Friends, do not despair. What we have witnessed over the last year is an incredible feat. Without the help of a single donation from a multinational corporation, without the help of any super-PACs, without the help of any of the Democratic Party apparatus, our campaign destroyed all conventional wisdom, raising a quarter billion dollars and inspiring tens of millions of people across the United States to change the face of the political discourse. We have a lot to be thankful for, and not just to Bernie, but to each other for achieving a feat that the mainstream media and their legions of over-paid pundits tried their best to convince us was impossible.

    I want you to let that sink in for a moment; they said, it was impossible. And yet we’ve made it so possible in fact, that the Democratic establishment had to essentially break their own rules to cheat us out of winning. They even went to the media, as revealed by Wikileaks emails, to collude with them to sabotage this movement. And when they got caught red handed, the offered us a feeble pathetic apology. This is an outrage! Despite this madness, despite this sham of an “election”, we should be proud and hold our heads up high. And yet, now that we’ve achieved the impossible and now that Bernie has returned to the sidelines, this revolution, this energy and evolution of American hearts and minds, must-not-end-here. We cannot in good conscience, allow it to end here.

    The Clinton establishment now wants us to fall in line behind her and bow to her “inevitable” power. They want us to “get over it”, to “move on” and to “grow up“. Throughout this campaign we’ve been ridiculed, we’ve been attacked, marginalized and discredited by nearly everyone in power; and yet, we overcame all those odds to become a force so powerful that they had to cheat to win. However, now that the primaries are in fact over, now that Clinton has in fact been crowned, we are faced with a choice: do we “fall in line”, overlook all the corruption and backdoor deals, accept Hillary Clinton’s words on faith that she will honor the ideas she took from our campaign as her own, and let the political revolution potentially die with her? Or, do we continue this struggle and once again pull off the impossible?

    This is how low we have come as a nation: after the Bernie walkout/expulsion, the Clinton campaign hired hundreds of people to fill seats at the convention just to give the televisions the impression of a full arena. They have lied, manipulated, cheated, sold favors to wealthy donors, perhaps even, stolen this election by breaking laws; how can we now get behind her by buying into the lesser of two-evils argument? Do we stick our heads in the sand, or do we take the harder path? Do we walk the narrow road, take matters in our own hands, and revamp our revolution into something even greater? Do we believe that the Clintonites will honor their pledges to tackle the abysmal income gap by raising the minimum wage, or institute universal health care, or repeal citizens united? Or do we conclude that she can never be trusted? Will we be bullied into hating and fearing Trump so much that we will abandon our principles, the very ideas that got us here in the first place? Will we simply accept this travesty in the name of some twisted version of the “greater good” and “politics as usual”? My message to you my friends, is a resounding NO. We must not cave in, we must not let ourselves be bullied into accepting what can only be described as pure corruption.

    Many will tell us that this is the way of politics in America, that we need to “grow up” and “get in line” to defeat the great evil that is Donald Trump. Is this the world want for ourselves, for our children, for our future? A world where corruption is so commonplace that it becomes the only imaginable way to defeat bigotry and hate? My friends, I tell you, I urge you, I implore you with all my heart, that we must stand strong together and not allow fear to guide our conscience. The very principles our political revolution was founded upon are threatened by this logic of “the lesser evil”. Our political revolution is defined by the just desire to take back our democracy from dark, shady corporate money of the rich and powerful super-elites. Our political revolution is defined by the righteous desire to take our institutions back from billionaires; not to cave into them to defeat a narcissistic megalomaniac billionaire! How ridiculous is this reasoning, that we must become evil ourselves in order to defeat it! We cannot cave in. We must not, we must stand on our principles! Otherwise, all of our efforts will have been in vain and we shall become the very hypocrites we claimed to be fighting against. Now is not the time to give up and throw in the towel. Our decision must be firm, immovable; it must be proclaimed loud and clear from all the rooftops in all the cities and towns of America: we will not accept corruption as necessary way of doing business; the sort of behavior displayed by Hillary Clinton and her campaign is in fact the very thing we are fighting against. Now is our chance to continue down this righteous path, now is our chance to build something even greater for ourselves, for our children, for our families, for all Americans, and even, for the world. For the world is watching us, and the world is encouraging us to continue to fight. Will we let this sham destroy us, divide us and break us apart? Or will we seize this opportunity to grow smarter, more organized, and to take on the two-party corporate-funded beast that is destroying the very fabric of our nation?

    We all know why we supported Bernie. We believed that change was possible; not the “yes we can” Obama kind of change, with its nebulous optimism that didn’t materialize anything of significance for the American people, but the “let’s take our country back from the billionaires who dictate policy in Washington and across the nation” grassroots kind of change. The kind of change that actually wants a better future for our kids, the kind of change that truly ushers better conditions for working families by getting the American people themselves out and into positions of power, and even, into the streets if need be. People are struggling to survive on poverty wages across this nation while the very corporations that fund Hillary Clinton’s campaign make billions in profits at the expense of the livelihoods of the average American. We must not condone her vile corruption. We cannot let this happen. We simply must not believe Hillary Clinton will bring about these changes; no more so than Bush or Obama did. For us, the problem with our government is that it is hopelessly lost to corporate interests; so why would we support a candidate who betrays the very principles we stand upon?

    My fellow Berniecrats, my fellow Americans who believe in real significant change, now is not the time to despair, now is not the time to cower in the face of yet another so-called “impossibility”, now is the time to unite and to strengthen our resolve. We must continue this struggle; even, if that means without the Democratic Party itself. So I urge you all, I implore you on everything that is sacred and good, not to believe that the evils of the Democratic and Republican parties are necessary, or that either one is greater or lesser than the other, but instead to make a giant leap and fundamental shift outside of this hopeless paradigm. We have a chance, now, in this generation, to take our nation back from the pockets of the billionaires. Our numbers measure in the tens of millions, together we’ve raised $250,000,000 in tiny increments averaging a mere $27; a stark contrast to the $350,000 Hillary offers for a dinner at her golden table. Is this what we want for our future? Our politicians to be treated like royalty? Have we regressed 250 years back into the realms of serfdom? Is this what we have become?

    No. We must allow this reality to continue no longer. The American people are angry and they have a right to be. We are many, we are strong, so do not let the media divide, confuse and scare us. The time has come to unite under a new banner, a banner that must encompass ALL of our values. Therefore, that banner can only have one logical color, one honest symbol, a symbol that categorically rejects all forms of corruption, because for us to remain true to ourselves, the future of our revolution can only align itself with a party that embodies ALL of our principles; not some pathetic so-called “lesser evil”. That’s how we’ll make America Great Again, not with empty slogans sponsored by corporatism’s apologists. Thus, given the state of our hopelessly corrupt system, that party today is neither red nor blue, but as bright and vibrant as the forests appear from the skies above; that party, my dear friends, must be Green.

    All great achievements in history were once ridiculed by the existing establishment. People as powerful and arrogant as the Bushes, Clintons and Trumps, once used their privileged lives, their connections to the powers of the press to lie to and manipulate the common people; they used twisted persuasion and fear tactics in their desperate attempts to save the institutions they relied upon to maintain their lavish lifestyles and corruption. Today, the corrupt institution that is our foe, is no longer a Monarchy embodied by a King, but an Oligarchy, a government of, for and by corporations. Today, this Oligarchy has near complete control over both the Democratic and Republican Parties. This fact cannot be disputed. It indisputable that both parties and their leaders are financed, and therefore bound, by powerful corporate moneys who fund both sides of the isle in order to guarantee that their interests are protected. No one can deny that corporations and their funding dominate our political system. No one. Everyone knows it, and up until Bernie, most of us had resigned ourselves to this modern form of feudalism; but rejoice my fellow Americans, because those days can now seem numbered.

    What Bernie has shown us is that this once seemingly impossible dream has become possible. He has shown us, that the time has come for lovers of freedom and peace, for all Americans, to permanently leave the parties that have become the very face of institutionalized bribery and corruption. It’s time to go; it’s time to take our revolution with us. So join us, the time has never been better, for at our very fingertips are the tools we need to achieve our ends. With the help of social media, we now have the ability arm ourselves with information and bypass the lies and propaganda of the corporate media; we can organize, communicate, and inspire each other across the nation–and indeed the world–within moments. These incredible tools are unimaginably and exponentially powerful. We are our own journalists and pundits, we can democratize information again, and bypass the 6 mega corporations that control nearly all of America’s print and airwaves. Over the last few years we have witnessed the power of the Arab Spring and incredible potential social media can have; today in American, if we so collectively choose, we can have a hand in ushering the American Spring itself. This is perhaps our best chance in generations to have a real impact on our democracy, an impact we can proud of for generations to come.

    Our world is sick, our society is in peril, now is not the time to be safe, to be cautious, to be hesitant; now is the time for boldness, strength and courage. Join us. Organize. For our families, for our future, for our planet, people of America, rise up from your ashes and revolt! Together we are more powerful than we can imagine. See you on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, and hopefully soon on the streets and into the halls of government. Let’s do this together.

    • SoCalGal20

      That’s about 10 paragraphs too long.

      • kaydenpat

        It could have been shortened to “Waah Waah Waah.”

    • So you support Trump and the Republicans. Got it. I know you think your overwrought socialist revolutionary polemic doesn’t mean that, but it does.

      Now go the fuck away, because the rest of us have work to do. Including supporting and voting for the candidate and the party which (1) stands a more than snowball’s chance of winning this November and (2) represents our goals and interests to a far, far greater degree than the only likely alternative.

      If, after this November, my marriage, my small independent business, my health insurance, and my civil rights as a LGBT woman are all put in jeopardy and my wife and I have to leave America because self-absorbed assholes like you helped Trump get elected and kept Congress in GOP hands, you will have nothing but my undying fury.

    • stevenj

      I declare your statement Null and Void.

  • Six Pins Delores

    I am very happy no one was violent or harrmed

  • Cuberly

    Can I go back and delete my Disqus history where I declared the DNC was going to be a protest-rife scream-fest?

    Never have I been more happy to be 100% wrong.

    • Don’t feel bad. It would have been a protest-rife scream-fest if the convention organizers hadn’t been prepared and have strategies in place ahead of time for dealing with and preventing it.

      We saw here how many times the anarchist Sanders/Trump supporters tried to set up plans to disrupt the DNC. Off the top of my head, I remember something about “rushing the stage to citizen-arrest Clinton.” The fart-in. The defaced signs. The repeated attempts to heckle, including at grossly inappropriate times.

      We’ve learned today that they got all butthurt because they weren’t allowed to follow through on their attempts to disrupt everything.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Girl, it was the heat. AND the humidity.

    “What do we want?”
    “An alternate route to marching down the middle of Broad Street!”
    “When do we want it?”

  • Jerry Kott

    However, I read where the arrest were made by the Fashion Police.

  • DanimalChgo

    Interesting. I think I saw some Repub somewhere claiming the DNC had “more arrests on their first day than the Republicans had all week.” Don’t remember where I saw it though. Doesn’t surprise me that they’d lie.