Occupy the NATO G8 Summit in Chicago?
Cops: Occupy protesters at Chicago NATO sumnmit held over Molotov cocktail plot
CHICAGO, IL - MSNBC is reporting that three protesters at the NATO G8 Summit in Chicago, Illinois are facing terrorism conspiracy charges stemming from allegations the group planned to make Molotov cocktails.
They wrote, "Chicago police Lt. Kenneth Stoppa told The Associated Press early Saturday that the three were being held on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support."
The three men who have been charged are Brian Church (20), of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jared Chase (24), of Keene, N.H.; and Brent Vincent Betterly (24), of Oakland Park, Mass.
Sarah Gelsomino, attorney for the men, told AP the three were "absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from."
"The National Lawyers Guild deplores the charges against Occupy activists in the strongest degree," Gelsomino said in a statement decrying the charges. "It's outrageous for the city to apply terrorism charges when it's the police who have been terrorizing activists and threatening their right to protest."
Delegations from around 60 countries, including 50 heads of state, will discuss the war in Afghanistan and European missile defense at the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, Illinois. According to reports, the three men may have been making homemade beer rather than Molotov cocktails.
According to MSNBC, Police superintendent Garry McCarthy would not discuss the incident. “We’re not going to talk about it, it’s an ongoing investigation that is not completed, we are not going to talk about it,” he told them.