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    [Big surprise, huh? -- DC] During the convention, which ran from July 31 to Aug. 3, Commissioner John F. Timoney repeatedly denied that police had engaged in
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      [Big surprise, huh? -- DC]

      "During the convention, which ran from July 31 to Aug. 3,
      Commissioner John F. Timoney repeatedly denied that police
      had engaged in infiltration."

      Pa. State Troopers Infiltrated Protest Groups
      Court Documents Reveal Police Convention Tactics

      Sept. 7, 2000

      PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Undercover state troopers infiltrated
      groups planning protests at the Republican National
      Convention, newly unsealed search-warrant documents show.

      The state police operation was detailed in legal documents
      filed Aug. 1 by Philadelphia police to gain search warrants
      for a raid on a warehouse where about 75 people were
      arrested, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported today.

      Four days before the convention began, state police
      operatives posing as demonstrators arrived at the warehouse
      protesters were using as a staging area, according to the
      documents unsealed Wednesday.

      Troopers were said to have seen demonstrators building
      street barriers and devices used by protesters to lock arms
      together to block streets. They also reported hearing
      discussions that protesters planned to throw objects such
      as pies and bottles at police, the affidavits said.

      'This is an outrage'

      Protesters have said the warehouse was used to make puppets,
      floats and other props for the demonstrations.

      "This is an outrage," said Stefan Presser, legal director
      of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

      Presser and other critics said protesters should have had
      the right to organize without fear that police were spying
      on them. They also said undercover officers could become
      provocateurs.

      During the convention, which ran from July 31 to Aug. 3,
      Commissioner John F. Timoney repeatedly denied that police
      had engaged in infiltration. Police spokeswoman Lt. Susan
      Slawson said Wednesday the commissioner could not comment
      because of pending litigation, the demonstrators' civil
      suit challenging the arrests.

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