Read this whole piece by Libby over at Newshoggers.
On the RNC:
By the end of the covention 818 people were arrested or detained. Most were innocent bystanders and many were raided before the convention even began. Of those, most were peaceful activists who were there to either record or simply observe the demonstrations. Granted there were a few anarchist types in the city intent on doing damage, but to my knowledge they only arrested a handful of those.
They arrested journalists, some even from the elite media. Amy Goodman’s arrest was particularly horrifying. They stole her press credentials. The twitters made my blood run cold. And the police press conference was a brilliant exercise in double speak. If not for the bloggers there, probably no one would have asked the right questions.