Rally shows support for Defender Nick, onwards to trial!

Over the lunch hour about two-dozen organizers, activists and first amendment supporters gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center then packed the courtroom. The group was there to support and stand in solidarity with Nick Espinosa for his pretrial hearing–the first of the 15 from the Cruz Home facing riot charges.

Before the hearing began a few people in the group spoke about the absurdity of the riot charges and how this is part of a national trend to crack down on organizers and activists who exercise their constitutional right to free speech.

Nick refused the plea bargain offered as charges have not been dropped for the remaining arrestees, and will be going to trial on Sept. 19th.  He says:
Thanks to everyone who came out to support me at my pretrial hearing today! They offered me a misdemeanor that would be off my record with no same or similar arrests for a year. My counter offer was to plea to a petty misdemeanor if they drop all charges for the remaining 33 arrestees. Needless to say, we’re going to trial.
Onward–Drop the charges now!
We will not stand for repressive charges trying to intimidate community activists!  Continue the call in campaign and demand that:

-All charges against community members defending the Cruz family home be dropped.
-All police, including Chief Dolan, who used violence against peaceful protesters be formally disciplined.
-No more public resources be used to help banks evict our neighbors!

Please call the following people with the above demands:
Mayor R.T. Rybak (612) 673-2100
City Attorney Susan L. Segal (612) 673-3272
Deputy City Attorney Mary Ellen Heng (612) 673-2270

Thank you,

The Cruz Defenders Support Committee

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