Updated: Anthony was realeased from jail on 7/5, details are not yet available, but thank everyone for their continuing support. Please share this story, and let people know. -OLA Web
We are in mourning today as we deal with our brother’s political imprisonment. He was snatched away from us today without being proven guilty of any crime.Taken into a custody at a trumped up bail hearing, held for 75,000 bail. The City Attorney is ensuring that it takes money to buy freedom and justice, proving that ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is a lie in this country. He has been targetted for bravely and peacefully speaking truth to power on the sidewalks of Los Angeles for nine months. There is only honor in that♥
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We are working very hard to seek legal help, but if we truly wish a legal defense that will value and understand that these city attorney actions are meant to politically repress and silence The People, we will need more resources to help our brother out and build a cohesive political strategy to counter their legal manipulation.
The following is an account of our brother's experience protesting within the confines of fascist legality, confronting the criminal injustice system every through a series of intimidating arrests and false charges.
Anthony’s first arrest was at the BOA flash occupation- peaceful civil disobedience.
2nd arrest at post raid march after the encampment was disbanded he was targeted from the crowd while attempting to get to sidewalk to intimidate other protesters from taking streets without a permit. Infringing on ‘free’ assembly. Marked by purple-shirt CCA private security and LAPD working together.
[About 2 minutes in is Anthony’s arrest]
OccupyLA Protester arrested on Dec. 3rd- PLEASE WATCH VIDEO
3rd Arrest at 6 month anniversary chili and zine sidewalk festival #m17 (march 17th). Charged with resisting or obstruction.
(DISCLAIMER: In many of these cases there are multiple charges for each arrest)
[3:05 minutes in]
Police Brutality at #m17 occupy festival - PLEASE WATCH VIDEO
4th arrest for disruption of the peace on #m19 (march 19th) for protesting wrongful arrests and other comrades still imprisoned by police escalation on #m17. Targeted snatch squad arrest while he was protesting peacefully on the sidewalk.
The march was told to get on the sidewalk within the next two minutes or we would be arrested. We complied. The police surrounded us in force anyway, they targeted and cited an activist who was carrying a banner to intimidate. Then targeted and arrested Anthony and another activist (for making abrasive comments) aka exercising free speech.
LAPD grabbing occupiers from behind no warnings- VIDEO PLEASE WATCH
5th Arrest for misdemeanor obstruction or resisting after police assaulted a man for chalking (using chalk to create washable political art/messages on the sidewalk) and Anthony observed and protested from a distance.
[There is no footage or picture for these arrests. There is however, a fully detailed account of the terror inflicted by a midnight police raid on the encampment at 626Wilshire a project in the OLA community against lobbying/gentrification/capitalism)
A group of people stood to observe and film the police actions and were hit with batons and pushed back violently. The senior ranking officer reached in and grabbed Anthony, escalating into an assault on another comrade and the targeted snatch of a third comrade filming.
AT THIS POINT IT IS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT THE STATE IS ESCALATING ITS TACTICS AGAINST PROTESTERS THROUGH THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND THE UNLAWFUL ACTIONS (11 chalking arrests?!) OF THE LAPD, NOT TO MENTION COOPERATION WITH CORPORATE INTERESTS LIKE THE CCA TO REPRESS OCCUPY AND COMMUNITY RESISTANCE.