- Congressman John Conyers writes:
- September 27, 2005
- Office of the Chief
- United States Park Police
- Dwight E. Pettiford
- 1100 Ohio Drive S.W.
- Washington, D. C. 20242
- Dear Chief Pettiford:
- I am writing to request information regarding the treatment
of individuals arrested on September 26, 2005 in front of the White House
and processed at the United States Park Police Anacostia Station.
- Yesterday 384 protestors, including peace activist Cindy
Sheehan, were arrested outside the White House and were brought to United
States Park Police Anacostia Station. I was very surprised to learn that
many of those arrested were kept handcuffed in vans and buses for up to
12 hours before they were charged and released. Some of those were released
at 4:30 in the morning after being arrested at 4:00 the previous afternoon.
Many of those held captive the longest were grandmothers and senior citizens.
- Those released after midnight were unfamiliar with Washington,
DC and had no means to travel back to their hotels once the metro had closed.
Anacostia is not frequented by taxicabs after midnight.
- I have the following questions regarding the treatment
of those arrested yesterday:
- 1. Why was the Anacostia Station chosen as the sole location
to process all 384 arrestees when there were several other Park Police
stations in the greater Washington, DC area?
- 2. In what other circumstances have arrestees been detained
by U.S. Park Police for periods exceeding twelve hours before being charged
with a crime?
- 3. In what other circumstances have arrestees been detained
by U.S. Park Police, and kept handcuffed on buses for periods exceeding
- 4. What is the established U.S. Park Police procedure
for processing large numbers of arrestees in the Washington, DC area?
- Please respond to the Judiciary Committee Minority Office
at 2142 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, telephone
number 202-225-6504, fax number 202-225-4423.
- John Conyers, Jr.
- Ranking Member
- House Committee on the Judiciary '
- Via Jonathan Godfrey [jonathan.godfrey a_t_ mail d o
t house.gov, Conyers's Internet Communications Director