The Associated Press
Grand Rapids, Mich. -- When opposition to the Iraq war began to
mount last year, undercover officers were sent to anti-war meetings
and rallies to collect intelligence, the city's police chief
Chief Harry Dolan said the action was taken after
police received information that activists planned unlawful
activities, such as blocking traffic on a downtown street.
Police had reason for heightened concern after 12 people were arrest
at a January 2003 rally protesting an appearance by President Bush,
Dolan said. Those taken into custody had marched through downtown
streets after the main rally had concluded.
"We are living in
a different time now," Dolan told The Grand Rapids Press newspaper