STOP Stop & Frisk Queens Trial Today: Defense Coming Up!


After the prosecution rests today, defense will move to have the charges dismissed.  As we said Monday, after the prosecution’s main witness, the 103rd precinct commander testified, it’s clear they have no evidence that anything at the 103rd was actually disrupted by our protest.  See the trial blog report.

It remains an outrage that this trial is even happening.  But the defendants and attorneys are determined to put stop-and-frisk on trial.

The cross examination of the Commander was enjoyable and memorable.  Many thanks to Marty Stolar, Tom Hilgardner and Meg Maurus for skillful and passionate work preparing for it.

Highlights today:  We hope the defense begins, and expect to hear witnesses who participated in the November 19, 2011 protest in Jamaica Queens.

AND we’ll be outside the court 1:00 pm talking to the press, then delivering 1200 messages to the D.A. to drop the charges.  We hope you can come out (E/F train to Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens).  The trial may continue into next week, after the Monday Veteran’s Day holiday.  Court will end at 1:00 pm Friday because of a juror request — and by Thursday we’ll have a sense of how fast it will go.

Even if you can’t come out, you can support in key ways:

  1. We need $300 for a rush transcript of Monday’s testimony.  Donate online, or send a check.
  2. Facebook & Tweet posts on our Trial Blog, and forward this message.  There are still 6-7 trials, with 19 defendants in four boroughs, arising from the wave of mass civil disobedience we began last fall.
  3. The October 30 benefit, postponed because of the storm, will likely be rescheduled for Thursday December 6.  YOU are needed on the promotion team, or to collect food/drink donations, clean up, work the door, etc.  Contact debra@worldcantwait.net to volunteer.

FRIDAY:  For all of you uptowners- we have a special request for support.
9:30 Friday November 9.  Bronx Criminal Court 265 E. 161st Street.
Court Support for Jeffeth James
Bronx Criminal Court
James was viciously beaten by NYPD, yet is facing charges.  This is the incident where Noche Diaz and 2 others were arrested observing the NYPD.  See News12 coverage.

Join Noche Friday morning if you can, in providing support to Jeffeth and his family.

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