WeAreChange founder and activist Luke Rudowski was arrested at the Hilton Hotel on Manhattan today for attempting to question New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his refusal to pay for the health care of 9/11 first responders. Rudowski had Infowars press credentials and a video camera when he was singled out by Bloomberg’s security in the lobby of the hotel located at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).
According to a post on the WeAreChange blog Rudowski and other members of WeAreChange were confronted and asked questions by hotel security and Bloomberg’s security detail. Rudowski was apparently singled out and forcibly detained at the hotel and subsequently handed over to the New York Police, who arrested him on a charge of trespassing. Rudowski was also charged with impersonating a member of the press.
Infowars is a bona fide press organization. Alex Jones operates numerous news websites in addition to hosting a nationally syndicated talk radio show that is currently rated as the most listened to talk show over the internet. Jones’ Infowars and Prison Planet have broken numerous stories, including one covering the MIAC controversy that was picked up by the Associated Press and mentioned by Fox News host Glenn Beck and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Luke Rudowski has worked as an Infowars journalist for several years and his journalism is featured in Alex Jones film Truth Rising: 9/11 Chronicles, released in 2008.
As of this writing, Rudowski is being held at the 18th Precinct at 306 West 54th Street on Manhattan. An officer Fagan answered calls in regard to Rudowski’s arrest. Infowars staff report Fagan abruptly hung up the telephone when inquiries about Rudowski were made.
The 18th precinct phone number is: 212-760-8300. A NYC information page on the internet lists the following number for the precinct: 212-767-8400.
Alex Jones and Infowars are requesting calls be made to the police asking about Luke Rudowski’s whereabouts and the trumped up charges against him. The New York Police and Mayor Bloomberg need to be made aware of the fact there is a First Amendment in this country and it is an egregious violation of that amendment when members of the press are unduly arrested and charged.
Please remember to be polite when contacting the police and other New York City officials.
Photos From Last Night’s Arrests at the Hilton Hotel
WeAreCHANGE Members outside the NYPD Precinct
Luke, Manny and Anthony were transfered to Central Bookings at 100 Centre street in New York City until tomorrow morning.
This was a set up. The NYPD knew they were coming and were setting a trap. The Bloomberg people also told members to stay in one particular spot and were not asked to leave. Therefore, Luke, Manny and Anthony were not trespassing and were wrongfully arrested.
Manny was arrested for filming and his face was also smashed while under the care of the police in the squad car.
While in Central bookings, other people were let out of their cells, but Luke, Manny and Anthony remained in Central Booking. The NYPD Intelligence and Bloomberg Security confiscated the three cameras with all the footage. They also kept a picture camera and were snooping and looking through all the pictures. The NYPD Intelligence Officer saw photos of Luke shooting a gun at a shooting range and was asking him if he had a license for that and accusing him of owning guns without a license.
THERE IS A NEW NUMBER TO CALL. THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THE PRECINCT. NOW WE HAVE TO CALL CENTRAL BOOKING THE NUMBER IS:
Central Booking(212) 374-3921
New York County (Manhattan) Criminal Court (212) 374-5880
100 Centre Street (one block north of Worth Street, three blocks south of Canal Street).
Link: ALEX JONES COMMENTS ON THE ARREST
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