Just received this notice:
Â From: Cfjmessage@aol.com
Subject: Two CFJ Members Endure False Arrest in San Miguel County
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 15:35:14 EST
Last Thursday, two of our members – Lee Kittell and Dale Harapat – both fathers who have been unreasonably denied access to their children by the courts, were arrested along with a third person on a public sidewalk in front of District Attorney Richard Flores and Sheriff Chris Majar’s office in Las Vegas, NM (San Miguel County).
They were simply holding up posters regarding wrongdoings of Richard Flores and walking along the sidewalk. Two of the men have heart conditions and Lee was on crutches because of an injured ankle. Upon arrival at the detention center, both Lee and the third gentleman were checked by the prison nurse and an ambulance was called. The stress of the incident caused chest pains for both men.
Dale was booked into prison, and prison officials claimed they did so because “his friends said that he wanted to make a statement”. (They did not say that.) Dale was not released until Friday afternoon. We need to back up these men who are taking time away from their lives to make it known that this system is corrupt and that it is hurting children and parents.Â
Â WHAT YOU CAN DO: Â
It’s simple. Make four phone calls to the following people and voice your protest about this unlawful arrest and detainment.Â
Â San Miguel Co. District Atty Richard Flores (505) 425-6746
San Miguel Co. Sheriff Chris Majar (505) 425-7589
Las Vegas, NM Mayor Henry Sanchez (505) 425-7335 (let him know that you will avoid Las Vegas and tell all your friends to do so since you could so easily be unlawfully detained there) Governor Richardson (505) 476-2200 Read more below. Â
We may be protesting your situation the next time, and it is imperative that we fight to hang on to the right to free assembly and free speech. It’s about all we have at our disposal right now to inform the public about government official wrongdoing in our state. (more…)