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|These photos are by Rich
Muller, an FSM arrestee. We hope if you have some
to share you will get in touch with us.
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Rich Muller was in Sproul Hall and took photos
during the night and in the wee hours during arrests. We'll be bringing more of his photos
here. They were taken with 400 ASA film and holding the camera very steady, no flash was
used. He scanned the photos himself as tiffs and I did some slight retouching to cover old
scratches and dust on the prints and converted them to jpegs for posting on the FSM-A
Richard Muller holds copyright to all his
photos, should you wish to contact him, send me an email and I'll forward it to him. We
very much appreciate his allowing us to post them on the site.
After Rich emailed me this photo which he called
"Fear" I asked some questions about the action and here is his email to me:
"Yes, they had batons, and (obviously)
helmets. They were undoubtedly as confused as we were, and maybe as frightened. Civil
disobedience was new to them, and they didn't know what kind of resistance to expect. As
you probably remember, instruction had been set up that evening in passive resistance,
from the more experienced FSMers, so we had some idea of what to expect and how to act. I
never saw the police hit anyone with the batons, and I don't think they did."
"I believe that the charge up the stairs
took place about 2:30 am, but I could be off by an hour either way. What I recall was that
it was clear they wanted all the action to take place in the middle of the night, before
students and faculty returned to campus. Their goal (we guessed) was to get all the
arrests over before daybreak. Thanks to the passive resistance, and the large numbers,
they failed. "
The above photo shows Chancellor
Strong warning with a bullhorn that of impending arrests. These warnings were repeated on
each floor of Sproul Hall.
April 01, 2008