An Open Letter to (former) J20 Defendants

On January 18th, the Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff filed a motion to dismiss the charges against 129 J20 defendants. This is a big development, but this case is far from over. While this can be seen as a victory in many ways, it is also an opportunity for the state to double down and intensify their attacks on 59 of our J20 comrades. If you just had your charges dismissed, there are a few important things you should know, but don't let them stop you from resisting and being in solidarity with the remaining J20 defendants. You may be wondering *why* your charges are being dismissed now, after the prosecution spent a year aggressively trying to prosecute you. The narrative the state is trying to put forward, in the courts and the media, is that the remaining 59 (or at least some of them) are the "real criminals." This is bullshit-don't buy it! The reason our charges have been...
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APRIL 12: ACTIVISTS CHALLENGE INAUGURATION DAY ARRESTS AT D.C. COUNCIL’S POLICE OVERSIGHT HEARING

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2017 CONTACT: Sam Menefee-Libey (909) 576-3113 info@dclegalposse.org www.dclegalposse.org Activists Challenge Inauguration Day Arrests at D.C. Council’s Police Oversight Hearing Demands include a full and independent investigation of MPD conduct Washington, D.C., April 12, 2017 – Activists with the Dead City Legal Posse will join Stop Police Terror and the ACLU of D.C. in testifying at D.C. Council’s budget oversight hearings of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of Police Complaints on April 12th. The groups are demanding an independent investigation into the unconstitutional and illegal police tactics used on Inauguration Day, including the mass arrest of over 200 demonstrators now facing felony riot charges. The Dead City Legal Posse and Defend J20 Resistance are calling for the charges to be dropped and for an independent investigation to follow the Office of Police Complaints report about police misconduct on Inauguration Day. The hearing will take place at 9:30 AM in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson District Building,...
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CALL-IN TO DEMAND DC POLICE ACCOUNT FOR J20 RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

April 3-7: Call the DC Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety as part of the Week of Solidarity with J20, Standing Rock, and anti-fascist arrestees. On January 20, 2017 over 200 people were mass arrested during protests against the presidential inauguration and now face up to 10 years in prison over trumped up felony charges. Mass arrests in DC have been illegal for over a decade. In February, the Office of Police Complaints issued a report detailing the indiscriminate use of less-lethal weapons during the inauguration and calling into question the procedures used to arrest the crowd of 200 demonstrators, journalists, medics, and legal observers. DC City Council has been largely silent about the report, but with oversight hearings for the police and the Office of Police Complaints coming up on April 12th, now is the time to demand that they make the police account for their actions. With trials for the 200+ anti-inauguration defendants just around the corner, it is...
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