Infiltrating Occupy: Austin Activists Face Charges for Equipment Provided by Undercover Police

Infiltrating Occupy: Austin Activists Face Charges for Equipment Provided by Undercover Police

Democracy Now!
Mon, 09/10/2012

As Occupy Wall Street prepares to mark its first anniversary, members of Occupy Austin have discovered that their arrests on felony charges after a protest last December are directly linked to equipment provided by a police detective who infiltrated their group. The activists locked arms inside tubes made of PVC pipe that the police had designed, constructed and dropped off for the protest. We’re joined from Austin by Ronnie Garza, one of the members of Occupy Austin facing felony charges stemming from the December protest, and from Houston by Greg Gladden, National Lawyers Guild member and past president of the Texas American Civil Liberties Union.

Ronnie Garza, was arrested after engaging in civil disobedience last December at the Port of Houston. He is now one of seven people facing felony charges for using a lockbox in the protest. It has since been revealed that the so-called "criminal instrument" he used was designed and provided by an undercover Austin Police Department detective.

Greg Gladden, attorney with the National Lawyers Guild and past president of the Texas ACLU. He represents Ronnie Garza, who is one of seven members of Occupy Austin and other groups who face felony charges for engaging in direct action to block a street at the Port of Houston last December.

 

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