[Ppnews] Seattle: 5 indicted for May Day Action

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Thu Nov 29 10:51:46 EST 2012


  Seattle: 5 indicted for May Day Action

November 29, 2012

 From The Stranger 
<http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/11/28/charges-filed-for-the-may-day-vandalism> - 
by Brendan Kiley 
<http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/brendan-kiley/Author?oid=1124>
http://prisonbooks.info/2012/11/29/seattle-5-indicted-for-may-day-action/

King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg has filed charges against five 
individuals for participating in the May Day smashup. 
<http://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/05/01/may-day-protest-coverage&view=comments> Charging 
documents accuse five of riot, fourth-degree assault, and malicious 
mischief "against the peace and dignity of the state of Washington."

The accused are: Phillip Neel, Kellen Linnell, Meaghnn Gonzales, Matthew 
Erickson, and Jason Michaels. Two have priors for crimes such as 
marijuana possession, obstructing a police officer, and harassment. 
Three have no known priors.

Police identified the suspects by articles of clothing and tattoos that 
showed up on camera footage, officers' reports from May Day, and search 
warrants of the suspects' homes. Officers also received some anonymous 
tips and say they recognized some of the suspects from Occupy protests. 
Officers also say they gleaned information from cell phones and other 
electronic devices that were taken and searched.

These charges are not part of the current federal grand jury that is 
ostensibly looking into May Day 
<http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/no-right-to-remain-silent/Content?oid=15031154>, 
and Emily Langlie from the US Attorney's office says she has "no idea" 
whether the five might be called before the grand jury.

It has also come out, in documents filed in October, that FBI agents 
followed some Portland activists 
<http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Agent-FBI-tailed-Portland-anarchists-headed-to-3961543.php> up 
to Seattle where they participated in May Day demonstrations.

Further Coverage from KOMO 
<http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Months-later-five-charged-in-May-Day-riot-181186951.html>

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