Remember the union battle at the Port of Longview where members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain? They also held six guards hostage for a couple of hours and broke down gates and smashed windows in the guard shack.
They had the full support of union thug leader James Hoffa who stated, “you can’t blame unions for an isolated incident”.
Now these fine union citizens have decided to sue, alleging police brutality!
Via KATU: The ILWU filed a lawsuit against Cowlitz County, its sheriff and the city of Longview’s police chief Thursday alleging police brutality. “The ILWU is filing this lawsuit to stop the abuse of longshore workers and their supporters who are being violently pursued and intentionally prosecuted for exercising their free speech and associational rights,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath in a statement. “Longshore workers and their supporters are no longer free to move about their hometown without fear of being ambushed in front of children and families by an overzealous, out-of-control Police Chief and Sheriff. This blatant abuse of authority has to stop.”
The union accuses law enforcement of constantly harassing its members through aggressive and intrusive surveillance techniques. It also alleges police are arresting members for misdemeanors that usually only merit citations, acting aggressively and brutally toward members while arresting them without cause and not arresting members when they turn themselves in; instead, the union says police are arresting their members in “made-for-television-style scenes.”
Meanwhile, two longshoremen arrested in a scuffle with police Wednesday appeared in court Thursday. Byron Jacobs, 28, and 54-year-old Michael Muller face felony charges of assault on a police officer. Jacobs also faces a harassment charge.
The county has already spent at least $40,000 in overtime responding to demonstrations and violence at the EGT terminal. And that was before Wednesday’s demonstration when about a dozen people who attempted to block a grain train were arrested and accused of trespassing.
Since when did free speech and “associational rights” include the right to destroy personal property and take hostages?
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