About twelve hours after the incident took place, the New York Times posted on its web site an Associated Press account of the arrest last night of Caitlin Esworthy, Walter Cuddeford, and Jeffery Berryhill while protesting the movement of Stryker vehicels through the Port of Tacoma.[1]  --  The AP report said that "several dozen people" were at the protest (there were between 40 and 50) and quoted Prof. Zoltan Grossman of The Evergreen State College who expressed consternation at the overreaction of Tacoma police:  "There were no rocks, no weapons.  People were not carrying anything but signs," Grossman said.  "We were on public space, on gravel, and there was a white line that police had told us not to cross.  I didn't see any of the protesters cross that line."  --  The AP story concludes:  "Calls to police about Monday's arrest were not immediately returned.  Esworthy, Cuddeford, and Berryhill were being held on $10,000 bail each at the Pierce County Jail." ...


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U.S.

WAR PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT WASH. PORT

Associated Press
March 5, 2007

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Port-Protest.html

TACOMA, Wash. -- Police arrested three people early Monday during a protest of Iraq-bound Army vehicles at a Washington state port.

Several dozen people showed up at the Port of Tacoma to protest the shipment of Stryker vehicles and other equipment from Fort Lewis. Caitlin Esworthy, Walter Cuddeford, and Jeffery Berryhill were arrested for investigation of assault.

Zoltan Grossman, a geography professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia who was observing the protest, said he didn't know what prompted the arrests.

Esworthy is an Evergreen State student, and Cuddeford is a Navy veteran, he said.

"There were no rocks, no weapons. People were not carrying anything but signs," Grossman said. "We were on public space, on gravel, and there was a white line that police had told us not to cross. I didn't see any of the protesters cross that line."

Last May, hundreds of protesters objected to similar shipments at the Port of Olympia. Police pepper-sprayed some protesters who pulled down a port gate, and about three dozen people were arrested over several days.

Calls to police about Monday's arrest were not immediately returned.

Esworthy, Cuddeford and Berryhill were being held on $10,000 bail each at the Pierce County Jail.