St. Louis County is marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown by charging hundreds of people arrested by the St. Louis County Police in protest actions that occurred since August of 2014. The State Prosecuting Attorney has refused to pursue these charges. The City of Ferguson, where most incidents occurred, has not pursued charges.
by Oren Nimni, TUPOCC Chair and Sharlyn Grace, National Vice President
As police violence against Black community members and protesters continued this week in Baltimore, we were again reminded why we are proud to be a part of the National Lawyers Guild. The NLG quickly worked with other groups to mobilize legal support for the #BaltimoreUprising by assisting through Legal Observation, jail support, and legal defense coordination for those protesting the police murder of Freddie Gray.
On February 4, 2015, the NLG sent this letter to Bloomington, MN City Attorney Sandra H Johnson, calling for the "immediate dismissal of all criminal charges and other retributive actions" against the 10 activists arrested on December 20, 2014 at a peaceful #BlackLivesMatter event at the Mall of America.
OAKLAND — No charges were filed Tuesday morning against more than 180 people — many of whom were UC Berkeley students — arrested during protests in December and scheduled to appear in court.
Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing. The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also called a “sound canon,” is a powerful, military-grade electronic megaphone that, in addition to broadcasting police commands, can be used to disperse crowds with a chirping noise reaching 162 decibels, 42 decibels above the level that can cause immediate and permanent hearing damage.
Recently, the NLG rapidly increased their capacity to provide legal support in Ferguson, marshaling teams of lawyers, legal workers and law students, and is preparing for the continued need for volunteers and resources.
Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, reveals the dark tactics at both conventions to quiet protests outside, including the use of “free speech zones”.