Remember the Obamas bringing the glamour to Phipps? Remember French first lady Carla Bruni wowing the photographers at the Warhol? Remember when police pepper sprayed and arrested scores of kids, many of them Pitt and CMU students, the night the G-20 was over?
Here's a video refresher from Thursday, Sept. 24, of last year. Remember, that's the night before the one with the big police presence the following day, leading to the arrests the ACLU sued over. There's a bit a bit of rough language to beware of:
The ACLU had their press conference on the suit today at Schenley Plaza, on a sunny day remarkably similar to the weather a year ago. So that was weird, and so was the way the presser about First Amendment rights and allegations of police misconduct ended.
After it broke up, a large man who looked like a security guard approached the mingling ACLU lawyers and complained that the press conference was on "private property" since the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy leases the plaza (a former city parking lot) from the city.
"We welcome everyone. That's why we have a quarter of a million people here a year," said the man, who identified himself as Jim Griffin, the plaza's manager. "We welcomed the G-20 protestors, they came here peacefully, and you should take an example from them," he told the ACLU's Sara Rose and others.
A mystified Rose asked if Griffin was threatening to close down the First Amendment press conference, saying he would have a First Amendment lawsuit on his hands if he tried. "I'm not threatening -- I'm asking," he said.