Breaking: 3 #Occupy Activists Hit With Terrorism Charges at NATO Protests
Jared Chase from New Hampshire was one of the #Occupy protesters arrested on terrorism charges this week in Chicago.
Brent Vincent Betterly was also arrested earlier this year in Miami and charged with disorderly intoxication.
Three #Occupy activists were arrested and held on terrorism conspiracy charges in Chicago this week. The three leftists tried to make Molotov cocktails for attacks during the NATO Summit.
FOX News reported:
Three men arrested earlier this week when police raided a Chicago apartment were being held on terrorism conspiracy charges Saturday stemming from allegations that they tried to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO summit, but the first major dress rehearsal of this weekend’s large-scale protests was relatively peaceful.
Chicago police Lt. Kenneth Stoppa said the men face a bond hearing later Saturday on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support. Stoppa identified the men being held as Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H.; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24. A police spokesman gave Betterly’s hometown as Oakland Park, Mass., but no such town exists. There is an Oakland Park, Fla., that is near Fort Lauderdale.
Their attorney, Sarah Gelsomino, told The Associated Press the men are “absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from.”
Six others also arrested Wednesday in the raid of the South Side apartment where they were staying were released Friday without charges being filed.
One of those protesters, Occupy activist Darrin Annussek of Philadelphia, denied there were Molotov cocktails in the apartment or that raw materials had been compiled to make them.
US News reported:
Their attorney, Sarah Gelsomino, told AP the men were “absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from.”
“The National Lawyers Guild deplores the charges against Occupy activists in the strongest degree,” Gelsomino said in a statement decrying the charges. “It’s outrageous for the city to apply terrorism charges when it’s the police who have been terrorizing activists and threatening their right to protest.”
Don’t expect this to get much national media attention.
UPDATE: Brent Betterly was also arrested last year after breaking into a Florida school.
Hat Tip Russ
And, Rebel Pundit has video of the three #Occupy NATO terrorists.