We Are Change Founder Luke Rudkowski Arrested, with Two Others, at Bloomberg Fund-raiser


March 29, 2009
by Sander Hicks

NYPD Central Booking (212) 374-3921

NEW YORK, NY — Last night, in an attempt to get Mayor Bloomberg to
answer questions about the Mayor’s alleged neglect of 9/11 First Responders,
three activists from the nation-wide “9/11 truth” group We Are Change were suddenly
arrested and held over night in Central Booking.

The Mayor had been at the Times Square Hilton for a fund-raising event. The
activists claim they were not asked to leave the premises, and were illegally

“All of the members of WeAreChange immediately complied with all instructions
given by the security detail so that they could exit the building but within
seconds arrest orders were given. According to WeAreChange camera operators,
there is video of these unlawful arrests as it appears that in some cases there
were no warnings given and some people were simply arrested just for being in
the lobby of the hotel.” Members of We Are Change also allege that police
engaged in unnecessary brutality. Three video cameras were confiscated.

Mayor Bloomberg was criticized this week for denying financial assistance and
traditional workplace protections to those suffering adverse health effects
from working at Ground Zero after 9/11/01. At a meeting of We Are Change at
the Amish Market deli near Ground Zero, yesterday, Rudkowski read aloud from
recent reports in the New York Post that criticized the Mayor. Rudkowski unveiled
a plan to have multiple camera/activist teams stationed around the Hilton that
night, to politely but firmly, ask the Mayor about First Responders. At the
meeting, the group agreed on the slogan, “First Responders First.”

“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,” says the group’s blog.

According to a report filed this morning by Kurt Nimmo on InfoWars, NYPD charged
Rudkowski with trespassing, and impersonating a journalist. InfoWars claims
that they had issued Rudkowski bona fide press credentials. “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 … .”

Multiple calls to NYPD and Central Booking were not successful.

More info:

http://www.wearechange.org/2009/03/nypd-arrest-luke-rudkowski-and-2-others.html and zelikow.wordpress.com