On Monday January 22, 2024, one of our comrades was walking on E Market St, with a Palestinian flag and on their way to City Council, when a police officer approached them and ordered them to walk on the sidewalk. They walked off and the police offer threw them to the ground. They were arrested and taken in a cage to the Summit County jail. They were released on the 23rd with charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
This incident is a blatant and outrageous example of police brutality, of political repression, and a prime example of the profound sense of arrogance and hostility with which APD treats the Akron community. This incident and others like it are the direct result of the police being allowed to act with impunity.