From Steven Locke, Wayland, Massachusetts:
I was there – along with Dr. Spock (not Mr. Spock) and Abbie Hoffman. I was a named plaintiff in McCarthy v. Kleindienst, an ACLU lawsuit that arose out of the mass arrests.
I was there with a medical school classmate, Eric Plakun, and we each had backpacks with first aid supplies (each marked with a big Red Cross) to provide emergency medical care in case of violence. We were in a group of five men and three women walking down a street near Dupont Circle that morning, doing absolutely nothing, when two police officers arrested four of the men. The arresting officer refused to answer why we were being arrested. He later completed a falsified arrest form.
I was incarcerated at the Redskins practice field and then transported to the hockey arena, where we were processed, fingerprinted and photographed. I slept overnight in a seat in the arena stands. Made bail and left the next day.
In the lawsuit the ACLU brought on behalf of my group of defendants, a federal judge in Virginia (Judge Gasch, the uncle of a fraternity brother of mine) disallowed it as a class action. [Note: Another ACLU case, Sullivan v. Murphy, did become a class action, and the courts eventually threw out virtually all the 12,000 Mayday arrests as unconstitutional, ordered the arrest records expunged, and directed the government to pay millions in compensation to the detainees.]