From Andy Gilman, Washington: The Mayday protest was one of several “visits” to Washington in those days. Our group from the University of Pennsylvania thought we would be nice to the government workers, and would hand out doughnuts to those stuck in traffic. As [the book] describes, the D.C. police and other “security” forces were ahead of us — and we were scattered before we could begin to protest. We were arrested while just walking down the street behind the White House and sent off to the D.C. jail.
For the details, here’s the Op-Ed I wrote for the New York Times after I received my check for false arrest.
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Andy, your suspicion at the time was quite accurate — as I discovered during my research for the book, the D.C. police were acting on orders from the White House when they swept through the streets and arrested many innocents.