Brandon Darby, who helped organize the RNC protests, details in an open letter why he became an FBI informant.
He says it wasn’t for money or to avoid prosecution but because he discovered that a few fellow activists were planning to make bombs.
The majority of the activists who went to St. Paul did so with pure intentions and simply wanted to express their disagreements with the Republican Party. It’s unfortunate that some used the group as cover for intentions that the rest of the group did not agree with or knew nothing about and are now, consequently, having parts of their lives and their peace of mind uprooted over.
He and others will be testifying against the RNC8 during their upcoming trials on felony terrorism charges.
The police were deliberately provocative, probably trying to stir things up. You think that $10 million insurance policy the RNC had against police brutality could have been a factor here? Sort of like a Get Out of Lawsuit Free card, I’m thinking.
But some protesters did throw rocks, smash windows, slash tires. Were they all provocateurs? I doubt it. Cops in any city under any political system would come down hard on that.
The protests were sure spirited. Twin Cities Indymedia, ColdsnapLegal, and many others did an amazing job of getting the news out at doing what they could. However, the protests had no political focus and achieved no discernable goals. To the contrary, most mainstream folks thought those damn kids got what they deserved.
Protest needs focus, it needs to be organized and to have a clearly defined and easily understood message that makes others want to join the cause. The RNC protests were missing that. At the very least, a couple of designated spokespersons holding regular press conferences and faxing out updates to mainstream media could have made a significant difference in the public perception of what happened.
From Twin Cities IndyMedia
Affidavits released by law enforcement which were filed in support of the search warrants used in raids over the weekend, and used to support probable cause for the arrest warrants, are based on paid, confidential informants who infiltrated the RNCWC on behalf of law enforcement.
Yes, we all know that paid informants are completely and totally reliable.
They allege that members of the group sought to kidnap delegates to the RNC, assault police officers with firebombs and explosives, and sabotage airports in St. Paul.
Horsepucky. Do you think the eight leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee would say those things in public or even in a meeting, assuming it’s true which doubtless it isn’t.
Evidence released to date does not corroborate these allegations with physical evidence or provide any other evidence for these allegations than the claims of the informants.
Goodness, who would have imagined the police have no evidence.
Based on past abuses of such informants by law enforcement, the National Lawyers Guild is concerned that such police informants have incentives to lie and exaggerate threats of violence and to also act as provocateurs in raising and urging support for acts of violence.
Like I said…
The criminal complaints filed by the Ramsey County Attorney do not allege that any of the defendants personally have engaged in any act of violence or damage to property. The complaints list all of alleged violations of law during the last few days of the RNC — other than violations of human rights carried out by law enforcement — and seeks to hold the 8 defendants responsible for acts committed by other individuals.
I see, Anarchist X tosses a rock through a window so the leaders of the Welcoming Committee are charged with terrorism even though they personally did nothing wrong and don’t even know the rock thrower. Madness.
Prediction: They will be found not guilty or the charges will be dropped. Then they will sue and collect substantial damages.
Police officers used tear gas on a peaceful crowd that was following instructions in St. Paul on Tuesday evening. In an overwhelming show of force, well over a hundred riot police locked down 7th Street between Wabasha and St. Peter, surrounded protesters in the Poor People’s March, media, and bystanders and then proceeded to launch several cannisters of tear gas after the crowd was hemmed in.
Thousands of people, many whom were just there to see the concerts, will be radicalized by this. Nothing works better than good old-fashioned police brutality in getting people to see the violence inherent in the system and how the police too often enforce the political goals of the elites.