Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 11:25 am

The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.

As Dennis Black, one of the legal observers arrested, commented, “Ferguson is a pilot program of what’s to come when communities respond to police brutality.” He and others had traveled from Detroit to see a preview of what police might do to squelch uprisings there.

 

Legal Observer Arrested in Ferguson Says He Saw Police Targeting Black Men for Arrest

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 10:00 am

A legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild, who was wearing a clearly marked green hat, was arrested just after midnight on August 20. He was one of at least forty-seven arrests police made during protests urging the county to arrest or indict Officer Darren Wilson, who has been identified as the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

Max Suchan told Firedoglake in an interview that the police had “massed up.” He observed police “charging into the crowd.” It was his sense that they were “targeting” young black men from the neighborhood.

Judge Dismisses Major Lawsuit Against Alleged Domestic Military Spying on Antiwar Activists Without Reviewing Evidence

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 9:10 am

A federal district court judge in the state of Washington has dismissed a major lawsuit challenging alleged domestic military spying against antiwar activists. He made the choice not to do his job, admitted to lawyers representing activists that he had not reviewed all the evidence and issued a decision that could seriously jeopardize the ability of citizens to dissent in American society if it is allowed to stand.

US Army Investigation Found Employee Accused of Spying on Activists Violated Pentagon Directive

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 3:25 pm

An individual who worked for the United States Army Force Protection Division at Fort Lewis in Washington violated a Defense Department directive by attending public demonstrations. It also appears he violated Posse Comitatus, according to his own deposition in a lawsuit challenging alleged domestic military spying.

Lawyer: Military Employee Admitted He Was Paid by Army to Attend Private Activist Meetings in Homes

By: Monday June 16, 2014 3:23 pm

An attorney pursuing a lawsuit against alleged domestic United States military spying says during depositions in the case a civilian employee who worked for the Army admitted he was paid to attend activist meetings at private homes in the state of Washington. One fusion center intelligence employee, who coordinated with the military, also considered civil disobedience to be “terrorism.”

Activists the US Military Targeted & Spied Upon Were Designated ‘Domestic Terrorists’

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 5:00 pm

Activists who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild have learned that they were listed in a national domestic terrorist database after being targeted and spied upon by the United States Army and Coast Guard, a Washington Fusion Center and police departments in the state of Washington.

Park Curfew Violated Rights of Occupy Chicago Protesters Arrested Last October

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 7:15 pm

A judge ruled that Chicago’s park curfew ordinance is unconstitutional and dismissed over 90 cases against people who participated in an Occupy Chicago protests in October when they tried to occupy Grant Park with tents and were arrested.

Lawyers for NATO Protesters Charged with Terrorism Obtain Copy of Indictments

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 2:45 pm

Lawyers representing three individuals who came to Chicago in May to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit and who were indicted just over a week ago on terrorism-related charges have obtained a copy of the indictments. The list includes eleven alleged crimes; but no physical evidence has been shown yet.

The Preemptive Prosecution of the NATO 5

By: Monday May 21, 2012 1:35 pm

Two men were charged with terrorism-related charges on May 20, bringing the number of men who have been accused of planning “terrorism” against the NATO summit up to five people. The authorities claim their cases have no connection to the first three men, who were charged with plotting terrorism on May 19. However, attorneys for the men, who are the first to be charged with terrorism under Illinois state law, consider them to be connected because there were two individual infiltrators involved – “Mo” and “Gloves,” who helped the FBI, Secret Service and Chicago police ultimately make arrests of these people.

Chicago PD, FBI & Secret Service Claim NATO 3 Came to Chicago to Commit ‘Terrorist Acts of Violence’

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 5:45 pm

Three Occupy activists raided on May 16 and disappeared for a period of time by Chicago police were brought before a bond judge this afternoon and officially charged with material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and possession of explosives or explosive or incendiary devices. The State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez asked for bail to be set at $5 million for the three men who had come from out-of-state to protest the NATO summit. The judge set the bail at $1.5 million. Each of the charges are felony charges.

The case marks the first time that state prosecutors have used the Illinois Terrorism law to prosecute individuals.

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