Re: [messengers] No fun allowed!

Date: Tue Jan 12 03:55:25 2010
From: Ashira Siegel <pinkfixie@xxxxxxxxx>

that is completely insane.  completely and utterly and maddeningly insane.

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From: Michael Dodd <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx>
To: messengers@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, January 11, 2010 6:46:19 PM
Subject: [messengers] No fun allowed!

"During a game of Sunday pick up 10 members and 1 spectator of the mke bike
polo club were arrested and charged with trespassing at the O’Donnell
parking structure downtown MKE. Here’s a first hand in counter.

A black crystler rolled up 3 deep with undercover sheriffs. The sheriffs
sprung out of the car instantly “every one come here and against the wall!”
They count us out 11. Cop says “I thought there were 12″ Lodi had snuck out
5 mins before the bust. They tell us all that we are under arrest and will
be receiving trespassing tickets $263 each. We try to talk our way out of it
and that last about 30 seconds. One by one we give our info and receive a
ticket. We are then explained by one of the officers that we are being
detained and no is under arrest his exact words are “if you are asked by a
cop or employer have you ever been arrested say no.” We all get zipped tied
it was explained to us that we will be going downtown to be processed and
released and that it shouldn’t take too long “it’s just like a speeding
ticket” they kept insuring us, except when you get a speeding ticket you
don’t go to jail right?

We asked about our bikes and the old woman who was calling the shots told us
that they will be taking to Wauwatosa substation and we can pick them up
tomorrow. For all of us our bikes our main source of transportation and
Wauwatosa is suburb of Milwaukee and is miles out from the core of the city
were we all live. We pleaded with them to let us lock our bikes to a rack,
no dice.

They proceed to take us over to our bags while we are handcuffed and tell us
to pack up. Well can’t do much without our hands behind our backs so they
had to pack everything for us mixing our belongings amongst the many bags.
They kept saying “damn I thought this would be much easier!” and complained
how they couldn’t be listening to the Packer game in there warm car. We
finally get our bags together and they start grabbing our bikes. We “say hey
we haven’t told you whose is whose yet”. The woman in charge declares “it’s
freezing cold and you’re worried about bikes? Fine have it your way?” So we
all get a nice sticker or new spoke card identifying our bikes. They throw
all of our bikes in a big bus.

Then we follow in the bus which is like a freezer at this point keep in mind
its 10 degrees outside. We sit in the bus for 15 mins before moving and then
we are off to the county court house. “Oh wow she didn’t turn on the heat
for you guys!” The cop says as he opens the door. He rolls his eyes and
helps out of the bus. We are then handcuffed to a bench and one by one they
do a quick run through of our bags throwing out any food and looking for
weapons. Then off to the next room another bench with cuffs.

We sit in this room amongst true criminals. Shoulder to shoulder with
thieves, drug addicts, and prostitutes. Some of us up to 8 hours, without
knowing what the next step is. I was the lucky one who got called first.
They took me into a room searched my bag had me sign a form of the content
of my bag, and then gave me a personal pat down search. This took about a
half hour. Then off to the next room where you sit on another bench and wait
and wait.

They call you up for a few questions what was the highest grade in school
you achieved, missing any teeth, job, tattoos, you name it. Next its picture
time. Then on to prints. Then you I sat back down. Finally Brian made it
through, I think I have someone to talk to. There is a Shift change 1 hour
of sheriffs standing around shooting the shit. Then one by one we watch
every one get searched and make it into our room.Since our bags were so big
it took some people up to 40 minutes to complete the search.

We asked numerous people what’s next for us some say “that’s not my job” or
” you’re going up stairs to a cell”. All the officers figured out that we
were there for bike polo and laugh and can’t believe that the sheriffs would
waste every ones time with a book and release for a simple citation. After a
few hours they stop laughing and are pissed that we are still coming through
while the line is being backed up with real criminals.

Hours and hours go by and at 2:30am. I was released. I was arrested at
5:30pm. I was lucky to be the first released some didn’t make it out until
4am. In the end they arrested 4 college students, 4 college graduates an
Artist, 2 bicycle mechanics and new player to find absolutely nothing. No
drugs no warrants, not a damn thing. They wasted our time and the city’s
over a simple game that we are passionate about, bike polo.

We will be taking this to court in February and our currently taking any
legal advice or help. I think the true next step after we settle the tickets
is getting a city sanctioned polo court. What are your thoughts?

- Eric Kremin-kremin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx "
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