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Trial ordered for one of many arrested during G-20 summit October 7, 2009

Posted by scmla in Article.

Moral of the story:

It’s OK for police to throw things at you when engaged in lawful activities (i.e. free speech, free assembly, etc.)

But it’s not OK for you to throw those things back when they are engaged in unlawful activities (i.e. suppression of free speech, suppression of free assembly, assault with a “less-than-lethal” weapon, official oppression, etc.)

— Kim

Trial ordered for one of many arrested during G-20 summit
Bobby Kerlik
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A New York City man arrested during protests of last month’s Group of 20 economic summit was ordered to stand trial this morning on charges he threw a smoke canister at a police vehicle in Oakland.

Police said Allen Weber was standing near the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard on Sept. 24 when officers ordered hundreds of people in the crowd to disperse.

Pittsburgh police Detective Brian Nicholas testified this morning that police set off smoke canisters. Nicholas testified that Weber picked up the canister and threw it back at the SWAT vehicle, nearly hitting an officer who was positioned halfway out of the hole on the truck’s roof.

“He picked up the smoke grenade, threw it at our truck and celebrated with the crowd,” Nicholas testified. “He raised his arms like he just scored a touchdown.”

Nicholas said Weber was wearing a black bicycle helmet and black clothes.

Weber was ordered to stand trial on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, propulsion of missiles into occupied vehicles and obstructing a highway.

A second man arrested during a protest, Kyle Gilgen, 18, of Raleigh, N.C., paid $1,278 in restitution this morning for a broken window at a BMW dealership along Baum Boulevard. Gilgen was accused of breaking the window Sept. 24.

In exchange for the restitution, prosecutors dropped more serious charges and Gilgen agreed to plead guilty to a summary disorderly conduct offense.

Two other preliminary hearings for G-20 arrests were postponed this morning. Nearly 200 people were arrested during G-20 protests. More hearings are scheduled later this month.



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