we're going to clip you!"
Date: Wed, 14 Aug
2002 19:54:02 -0400
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Fulkerson)
Subject: I almost ended up in jail just now!
If you want to support workers' rights to organize as well as register
people to vote, don't go to Reno's Citifare bus terminal. About 20 minutes
ago I came within seconds of being carted off to jail for doing just that.
If I still had the gumption I did in my late 20's when I was arrested
at the military's Bravo 20 and the Groom bombing ranges, I would have
been arrested instead of backing down.
We (NEW Project Director Brenda Carerra and NV Young Activist Project's
Inger McDowell) went down to the bus depot to register voters in 98-degree
heat. Armed with clip boards and a chest full of ice cold bottled water
and a sign that read "PLAN and NEW Project Support Striking Bus Drivers",
Brenda and Inger went off to register voters. I offered Teamsters
Local 533 bus drivers on the picket line cold water and carried my sign
as I walked the picket line for about 10 minutes.
I left my sign with the picketers and went to find Brenda and Inger, when
I was confronted by several Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Security.
They told me either to get back on the picket line or leave the property.
I told them I was registering voters and would continue to do so. They
said if I didn't leave immediately they would call the Reno Police to
have me arrested. I said so be it.
When the police arrived, they told me to get off the property or get arrested.
I asked where the property line ended. They pointed to a median sidewalk
west of the station, about 10 feet from where I had been standing. I said
fine, I'll go there. The police left. About three minutes later, as I
was talking to Gary Peck and Jo Nell Thomas of the ACLU in Las Vegas to
determine my rights, RTC security again confronted me and told me I was
still on the property. As the security guards were angrily yelling
at me to leave, Gary very carefully explained to me on my cell that this
was a very gray area, did I have any witnesses, etc. I was getting
"clipped shot (Pick-Up, 81)"
The reference to "Pick-Up" is rather surprising...
Footnote 81 "Pick-Up on Noon Street" (ss) by
Raymond Chandler (Pocket Books, 1952)
...a 50 year-old short story by the legendary creator of hardboiled
private detective Philip Marlowe.
Is Reno-Sparks detached
from street reality or what?!
A Reno News & Review
followup does not even mention the threat to shoot.
vs. Citifare: The First Amendment hits the streets
Just then the Police arrived.
I started walking further east when one of the police told me to "Halt!
We're going to clip you." I told Gary it sounded like I was going
to get arrested and I'd call him later. He urged me to find witnesses
and gave me strong support.
I told the police officers my side of the story. I felt alone with no
Brenda or Inger or other witnesses or supporters in sight. I finally told
the Police I would leave and they escorted me off the property.
As I was talking with a reporter on my cell in the parking lot, Inger
and Brenda walked up. They told me while they were talking to bus riders
and registering them to vote, RTC security stood uncomfortably close to
them and eavesdropped on their conversations.
We decided to send out an email to the rest of PLAN member groups and
supporters asking for advice aboutwhat to do next. We'd like to see more
support for the Teamsters picket line. We'd also like to continue registering
voters there. Anybody for a mass arrest?!
ACLU Director Gary Peck and President Rich Siegel are investigating our
rights in this matter; they will have further information next week.
On a very positive note: In just one hour, Inger and Brenda registered
several new voters, recruited three new low income women for the NEW Project,
recruited an African American volunteer for PLAN who just moved here from
Chicago where he ran a progressive non-profit, and assisted two ex-felons
who didn't know they could have their voting rights restored.
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
1101 Riverside Drive, Reno, Nevada 89503
(775) 348 7557
Reply from Deputy Chief Weston
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 14:50:41 -0700
From: "Jim WESTON" <WESTON@ci.reno.nv.us>
Cc: "Ronald Donnelly" <DonnellyR@ci.reno.nv.us>,
"Tom Robinson" <Robinson@ci.reno.nv.us>
Subject: Re: Police threat to shoot at Citicenter bus transfer station
I am unaware of any complaint by Mr. Fulkerson. If he has a complaint,
please ask him to contact our Internal Affairs Office at 334-2106 so we
3:46 p.m. PDT
I am uploading this specifically to those few of you who were on Bob Fulkerson's
list from last week. Some of you have already received this material,
so I apologize for the duplication.
Bob just told me by phone that
he did not consider himself in any danger, that he interepreted "clip"
to mean handcuff, not fire a weapon at someone.
He needs to watch Law & Order. In the American vernacular, "clip"
means shoot, as in "empty my gun's clip into you."
If a cop used that term, he or she is in serious need of sensitivity training,
beginning with watching more episodes of Law & Order to find out what
words mean out on the street.
I will be uploading all this material to the Citifare workers website
I am also looking into a report about Citifare's new expando bus running
a red light today.
Be well. Raise hell.
2:30 p.m. PDT
James Weston, Deputy Chief
City of Reno Police Department
email@example.com (Deputy Chief Weston)
Greg Krause, Executive Director
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County
Dear Chief Weston and Mr. Krause:
Along with some of the locked-out Citifare employees, I plan to attend
the RTC Citizens Advisory Committee meeting this evening at 6:30 p.m.
at the Citilift building at Sixth and Sutro in Reno.
We further plan to attend and comment at Friday's regularly scheduled
meeting of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County at
the RTC office building and garage complex on Villanova, under US 395
South next door to Wooster High School.
We intend to conduct ourselves in a polite and informative manner. I understand
that nothing bars the aggrieved workers from attending a meeting legally
noticed under the Nevada Open Meeting Law.
I am concerned about reports from some of the locked-out employees that
they have been physically barred from entering the premises at RTC's headquarters
on Villanova. I do not have a copy of Judge Breen's injunction, but from
press reports and Mr. Krause's advertisement in the Sunday, August 18,
2002, Reno Gazette-Journal (page 5e), the order does not seem to apply
to any non-picketing activity.
Please advise me if you see it otherwise, as I want to both establish
and maintain smooth communication between the various parties, especially
in light of the following, of which I have only become aware within the
past two hours.
So that there is no misunderstanding as to who I am, please be advised
that I am a 31-year resident of Reno; a member of Communications Workers
of America Local Union 9413; the editor of NevadaLabor.com; a 14-year
columnist for the Daily Sparks Tribune; on the political action committee
of the Reno-Sparks NAACP; and have been engaged by Teamsters Local 533
to work on its current dispute with the Regional Transportation Commission
of Washoe County and its subcontractor, British-owned Transit Management
of Washoe, Inc.
I have a call in to Chief Weston regarding the incident with Mr. Fulkerson
and am hereby requesting a complete report. I will keep you apprised and
If you have any intent to bar myself, other members of the general public,
or locked out union members, from either this evening's CAC meeting or
Friday's RTC meeting, please let me know as soon as possible.
Media, community organizations, unions
5:09 p.m. PDT
To: "Andrew Barbano" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"Deputy Chief Weston" <email@example.com>
Cc: "Directors" <Directors@rtcwashoe.com>,
"Stan Peck" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Mr. Barbano,
All public meetings conducted by the RTC, including the Citizens
Advisory Committee meeting this evening and the RTC Board meeting this
Friday, are open to all members of the public. The Temporary
Restraining Order issued by Judge Breen on August 9 forbids picketers
from obstructing, blocking or impeding Citifare passengers ingress and
egress to the bus. It also forbids picketers from obstructing or
impeding Citifare buses entering and exiting CitiCenter and other
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this
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Déjà vu all over again?