I had come to be part of the protest, but had no plans to block the highway. I had come to hand out leaflets encouraging St. Louis County voters to write-in and vote for Michael Brown, Jr. as Prosecutor, to send a message of discontent to Robert McCulloch, who is running unopposed.
I came because I knew the First Amendment would be violated by the police, and that there would be illegal arrests. And I wanted to be there to remind people that those arrests were illegal.
The lights are left on all the time. You get only one thin blanket and it is freezing. The bunks are metal. There is no hot water or soap to wash your hands. There is no clock. No outside light. You are only allowed free phone calls during meal times or must call people collect at a rate of $20 for a ten minute call. And even if you cannot pay bond and will be there for 30 or more days, you are not provided with a toothbrush and the opportunity to brush your teeth. In fact, no toiletries all all, even the once daily shower is only soap and the showers are unhygienic.
The police and the prosecutor have broken laws in this course of this incident and investigation, and we will be looking to take legal action. We will be learning a lot more about all of you, our employees, and unless you start addressing the real problems and obeying the laws yourself, I think you can all look forward to termination of your employment without further benefits, and for some of you, jail time.