FROM: MARK FLOEGEL - 127-59-9949
NUMBER OF PAGES INCLUDING COVER PAGE: 3
TO: Whoever B Doing The 2/29 Folloeup
MESSAGE: Personal Statement, Re: 2/24-Lafayette Park
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My name is Mark Floegel. I live at 3511 ordway St. NW, Washington, DC 20016. My telephone number is 202-966-7010 (home) or 202-319-2480 (work).
I was in Lafayette Park on February 24, 1991 from 5 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. There were between 100-200 people in-the park shortly before 7 p.m. Several people were drumming, others were picketing or standing quietly with candles.
Around 7 p.m. police officers who identified themselves as members of the US Park Police warned drummers that they were in violation of a noise ordinance.
At this point, a number of people in the park linked arms to form a chain around the drummers. I was one of those people and I was facing Pennsylvania Avenue at that time.
Shortly after 7 p.m., between 30-40 police officers arrayed themselves in a line facing the drummers and those around them. I did not hear any police officer address those people who had formed a line around the drummers. There was no statement that the people who had joined arm were doing anything illegal. There was no order to disperse or warning of the potential consequences of not dispersing.
I did hear one police officer say to the others, "OK, let's go." At that signal, the police officers moved quickly forward as a group, and without addressing the people who had formed a line, began striking and spearing them with nightsticks. I was struck several times on the arms and hands.
That action apparently had little effect, and the police began pushing the people in the line backward and at the same time grasping at people individually.
I was separated from the person on my right and I observed that a police officer was administering a choke hold on the person on my left. A police officer was grasping me on my right and the two police officers, the person on my left and I all fell into a heap. I was again struck several times, on the arms and the head. The officer who was on top of me got up and moved away, and I observed many police officers grabbing people, apparently at random, and shoving them toward and into the fence which runs along Pennsylvania Ave.
A police officer then grabbed me by my right arm and dragged me approximately 10-15 feet to the west, then dropped me. I looked up and saw that I was between a line of police officers and Pennsylvania Avenue. I saw the police officers pushing at the crowd with their nightsticks held vertically, chest high.
Police officers were wandering around behind the police line, kicking and throwing into Pennsylvania Avenue personal items which people had dropped.
A number of people were being put into police vans on Pennsylvania Avenue. When those people were in the vans, the police left the park.
A single individual, whom I believe to be a woman, recommenced drumming and was taken by police without a warning.
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