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|User Info||NATO CHICAGO NEWS; entered at 2012-05-19 15:31:19|
Registered: 2007-08-03 L.A. Area
This weekend kicks off the NATO Summit for 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.|
Massive crowds of protesters are already in Chicago and many more are currently on the road enroute for the major day of demonstrations tomorrow, Sunday May 20th.
The lead story for early and prior to the proceedings is the arrest of three subjects who have been brought up on state terrorism charges, specifically 'Material Support For Terrorism' (a Class X Felony) the first ever for the State of Illinois.
- Brian Church, 22, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Jerrd Chase, 27, of Keene, New Hampshire
- Brent Betterly, 24, who told police he resides in Massachusetts
The complaint states the following as seen in this release below:
Further the complaint details the findings of a 'no knock' property search represented as supported by a valid court order:
'As part of their efforts, the defendants also possessed and/or constructed improvised explosive-incendiary devices and various types of dangerous weapons including a mortar gun, swords, a hunting bow, throwing stars, and knives with brass knuckle handles
According to prosecutors, the investigation began in early May 2012 and revealed that the defendants are self-proclaimed members of the "black bloc" group, who traveled together from Florida to the Chicago area in preparation for committing terrorist acts of violence and destruction directed against different targets in protest to the NATO Summit.
Bond has been set at $1.5 Million dollars each.
But the story starts to get interesting here:
The three young men facing these serious charges were the same people who posted online a video [above] of a traffic stop wherein police interrogated them about their plans for NATO and made violent threats. Some observers think the arrest is retaliation for the posting of the video,
From the CBS News Chicago:
Kris Hermes, of the National Lawyers Guild said: “There is absolutely no evidence of molotov cocktails or any other criminal activity going on at this building.”
It promises to be a 'complicated' and dynamic few days. More updates coming soon as the NATO weekend gets underway.
Last modified: 2012-05-19 15:48:53 by videopro