Update 9/2017: A gag order has been placed on discovery, and a status hearing is scheduled regarding the instructions the grand jury was given to indict everyone. So far, 1 of the greater 200 group is in jail after accepting a plea deal. The first of the #Baltimore15 is facing trial in November
Update 5/2017: Last month, in addition to the original charges of Felony Riot, everyone from Baltimore has now been arraigned on a superseding indictment of 8+ felonies, including Conspiracy to Riot, Inciting a Riot, APO, etc. Our trials are set for April and May 2018. Of the 200+ defendants, only a handful have been offered plea deals.
Update 2/2017: Everyone from Baltimore has now been indicted on Felony Riot charges. This charge caries up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. We are awaiting status hearings in March and April 2017.
On January 20, 2017, DC police brutalized and mass arrested citizens during protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump. Tear gas, batons, and pepper spray were used indiscriminately, including on children, the elderly, and disabled. Two members of the #Baltimore15 were seriously injured from concussion grenades and rubber bullets (Stingballs). Hundreds were detained outdoors for more than 6 hours, without food, water, or access to bathrooms. Some were handcuffed in paddy wagons for almost 5 hours before being shuffled around different precinct jails into the morning hours of 1/21. Most were in police custody around 36 hours, not being released until near midnight 1/21.
The state is trying to send a message: Trump's fascist administration will not tolerate dissent. DC police haven't conducted mass arrests or used chemical weapons on protesters in almost 15 years. This moment is exceptional. They want to scare our movements into silence.
We are raising money for the legal defense of 15 protesters from Baltimore who put their bodies on the line that day. This is the fight of their lives. Please donate, and help RESIST the new regime's plans to criminalize protest.
hasta la victoria siempre,
friends of the #Baltimore15