Court Update on 5 Facing Felonies in MurrietaSource: peoplesdefense
Today, September 25th all five people facing charges had an initial felony settlement conference with the DA. The DA has not yet seen any video evidence and did not make any offers, so another FSC was set for early November.
They have not dismissed the false charges against one defendant who was separate from the conflict and actually filmed the attack and brutality on the other 4. This is cause to believe they are not negotiating in good faith, and are in fact exercising collective punishment on the group based on perceived political association.None of us will plea to felony charges- especially when it is evident than no such disruption occurred and the police in fact initiated the aggression and attack on our people. A documented list of violations and written statement assessing the motivation and political climate behind these arrests will be released soon.
Thank you for staying involved and attentive of our case. We appreciate all the kind energies and support we have received.To follow our case visit www.peoplesdefense.tumblr.com To show your support sign the petition please visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/223/100/522/drop-the-charges/ To give monetary donations for legal defense visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3qax2/ab/63u6Zb For more information check out this article http://koine.la/da-to-press-lynching-charges-against-five-pro-immigration-protesters-attacked-by-murrieta-police/
2nd Arraignment Update on Murrieta Charges
Today the remaining three persyns facing charges in Murrieta had arraignment and as of now all five pro migrant people have entered not guilty pleas.
The next step in the process is first to have a felony settlement conference at which point the court will set a later date for a preliminary hearing, where evidence to substantiate the felony lynching charge will be heard before moving to trial.
The settlement conference is not public and so we are not requesting court support at this time. We hope the DA will elect to stop prosecuting the selective enforcement of the police and drop the felonies and all charges.
We were approached by Sarah Burge, a staff writer with the Press Enterprise, and gave a brief interview with our lawyer present to correct a lot of the misreporting that came out on July 4th.
We will notify everyone soon on next steps to follow up the call in campaign. This will include circulating a documented list of grievances on treatment/injuries inflicted by Murrieta police as well as conditions and treatment of prisoners in Riverside and Southwest jails.
Please send your email address or email us at email@example.com to receive updates and support us throughout the case. Thanks so much for all of the support, attention, donations and participation we have received! You are appreciated!
1st Arraignment - Murrieta Charges Update
Two of our people facing charges had arraignment today and set the date back for a settlement conference where the DA will have the opportunity to drop the outrageous charges (including felony lynching) filed after police violently arrested five pro migrant people on 4th of July. (The settlement conference is a routine next step after an arraignment, and while we hope the DA will drop the charges then, so far there is no indication of such a decision.)
The court also brought to our attention that police wrongfully set the bail at 10,000 each when court records showed it should have been no more than 5,000 each.
In addition to the excessive force and wrongful arrest to remove pro migrant people from the 2nd protest site, this further exposes the abuse of power and selective enforcement of Murrieta police. This isn’t surprising considering the extent of police and border patrol collaboration to support anti immigration organizing is still unknown at this time.
We will see if the DA and city of Murrieta choose to continue the aggression, knowing that the court is hardly critical of the narrative and credibility of police.
The three remaining people facing charges have arraignment next week. Let’s keep up the pressure! Toward that end, here’s a Thunderclap post: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/15501-call-in-call-out . If 100 people support this by September 2, it will trigger a synchronized social media alert urging another round of call-ins ahead of the second arraignment (which is on Sept. 3).
Anti-Arab Sentiment in Israel:
After a high-profile international protest — the biggest fast food strike in history — disgruntled McDonald’s employees decided to continue their campaign outside the company headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., leading to more than 100 arrests and a tussle with the police.
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I’m never throwing a cigarette butt on the ground again. Holy shit.
YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN THROWING YOUR CIGARETTES ON THE GROUND ANYWAYS
omfg poor baby
I’m so glad this post exists. I took ecology in high school and apparently a lot of animals are attracted to the smell of cigarettes and they eat them whenever they can find them. Sometimes they’ll even wander onto roads at night if they smell one and they’ll get hit by cars doing so. And they can’t digest them. The cigarettes just sit in their stomachs until they run out of space and then they starve because they always feel full. I don’t understand why people can’t just put their cigarettes out and then toss them in the trash bin or keep them in an ashtray in their cars until they get home. Is it really that hard?
This makes me so sad.
Yay humans. -.-
This is why I keep an ash tin in my car…
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