[News] Lawsuit against police violence at Republican National Convention to go forward
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Fri Mar 4 18:12:07 EST 2011
Lawsuit against police violence at Republican National Convention to go forward
Motion will be made to subpoena Karen Sullivan
- undercover FBI infiltrator in Twin Cities in anti-war movement
March 4, 2011
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Minneapolis, MN At a March 4 press conference
outside the Federal Building, lawyers who filed
the first lawsuit resulting from police violence
at the 2008 Republican National Convention
announced their plan to move forward with
litigation in the case of Mick Kelly. In a widely
publicized incident, police, standing only feet
away, shot Kelly in his stomach with a high
velocity marking projectile at the demonstration
organized by the Anti-War Committee on the fourth
day of the RNC, September 4, 2008.
Mick Kelly, one of the main organizers of the
massive march and rally on the first day of the
Republican National Convention, earlier prevailed
in a separate lawsuit against the city of St.
Paul after his arrest for leafleting at a June
2008 Obama rally. He is also one of the Twin
Cities anti-war and international solidarity
activists whose home was raided by the FBI on September 24, 2010.
Law enforcement agencies failed to reveal the
presence of an undercover infiltrator during the
discovery process of Kellys 2008 RNC lawsuit.
The existence of an undercover law enforcement
officer who was active for two years in RNC
protest organizations was first revealed in the
course of communications between lawyers
representing activists whose homes were raided by
the FBI September 24, 2010 and Chicago Assistant
U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox. The infiltrator, who
went by the name Karen Sullivan, remained
active in the Twin Cites peace movement until the
September 24 raids, when she vanished.
Lawyers will ask the judge presiding over the
case to reopen the discovery process and will
move to subpoena Karen Sullivan.
The lawsuit is being pursued by attorneys Ted
Dooley and Peter Nickitas, members of the
National Lawyers Guild. Ted Dooley was one of the
speakers at the press conference.
Dooley states, By law, we should have been given
all information about this Sullivan character.
She was present, and planning, at meetings prior
to the RNC protests. And she was near at hand
when Mick Kelly was shot at the September 4
anti-war demonstration. Kelly has an absolute
right to discover what she knew, and when she knew it!
Jess Sundin, one of the main organizers of the
protest at the RNC and a leader of the Twin
Cities-based Anti-War Committee states, There is
a pattern of repression against anti war
activists before, during and after the Republican
National Convention. They sent in police agents
to spy and used violence on protestors at the
RNC. To top it off, they continued their spying
and raided our homes and office on September 24,
2010. Many of us who organized the march at the
RNC have received summons to appear in front of a
Chicago Grand Jury. This is wrong and we are pushing back.
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