COLUMBUS Ohio – Unprovoked Columbus, Ohio police, attacked Long Walkers, by
first pointing a taser at the head of Michael Lane and then forcing Luv the
Mezenger to the ground and handcuffing him.
The Longest Walk Northern Route was walking this prayer through Columbus on
Monday, June 2, when squad cars and arrest wagons arrived. Without discussion of
the purpose of the prayer walk, or even verify that the Ohio Department of
Transportation had been notified of the prayer walk, police attacked the
Michael Lane, who arrived on the walk with his wife, Sharon Heta, Maori, and
their children from New Zealand, was targeted by police with a taser.
As dozens of police came at the walkers, a police officer held a taser three
feet away from Lane’s head.
Mezenger from Los Angeles went to the aid of Lane. At that point, police
officers threw Luv on the ground and handcuffed him. Luv has been on the walk
since it left California in February, walking over a stretch of the Sierra
Nevada Mountains on snowshoes.
Lane, who has a law degree from the University of Arizona, said the worst part
of being targeted by a police officer with a taser was that it terrified his
daughters who only knew that a gun was being pointed at their father’s head.
Across the continent, police-induced deaths from tasers have increased.
Luv suffered minor injuries from the police attack. Police made no arrests.
Govinda Dalton, broadcasting on the live Longest Walk Talk radio on Earthcycles
web radio, said, “They came to arrest the walkers with paddy wagons without even
having a discussion as to what the walk is about, or the fact that the Ohio
Department of Transportation has already been contacted.”
The harassment by Ohio police continued today, Tuesday, June 3, when police
ordered Longest Walk drummers off an area at the Ohio State Capitol. However,
the Long Walkers continued with their press conference and aired statements on
their loud speaker at the capitol.
It has been almost four months since the prayer walk began on Alcatraz, on Feb.
11. Until June 2, there were no attacks on the walkers. In fact, the majority of
the governors in the states that the northern route has walked through have
issued proclamations of support for the Longest Walk 2.
The Longest Walk 2 for Mother Earth and protection of sacred places is being
walked thirty years after the original 1978 Longest Walk, a prayer walk for
Indian rights and the recognition of the inherent sovereignty of Indian people
and Indian Nations.
Listen for interviews on Earthcycles’ Longest Walk Talk Radio which has archived
400 interviews with walkers and people along the route since the walk left
Alcatraz, on issues all across America.
The radio topics, voiced by people across America, have included the rise of the
police state in the United States, the targeting of American Indians by city,
state and federal police, the rise of xenophobia and the television-fueled,
fear-mongering by the Bush administration in the violations of federal law and
rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, including free speech.
The radio topics include global climate change, nuclear testing and gold mining
on Western Shoshone lands, Paiute traditional hunting and gathering rights,
scientists battling Paiutes for 10,000 year old Spirit Cave Man remains, the
Kickapoo Nation without water in Kansas, Navajo coal mining and relocation,
Nazi-style forces at the US/Mexico border and the destruction of Tohono O’odham
ancestor remains for the border wall.
Those interviewed, including Mohawks at the northern border and Maori from New
Zealand, discussed Canada and New Zealand’s oppression Indigenous Peoples and
attacks on sovereign peoples. There are also interviews on America’s economic
collapse and war profiteering, the proliferation of power plants to enrich
Bush’s corporate donors, profiteering by private security contractors and
private prisons for migrants and the cost of the bogus war in Iraq: American
Indians and people of color considered expendables to die in Iraq.
Walkers on the northern route converge with walkers on the southern route to
march into Washington on July 11.
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