With all of the infiltrators and police spies around, it would make sense that evidence was not planted. This is a warning. When some person suggests violent action, you know he is working for the police.
Police say men planned to target Obama election HQ but supporters of the men say they intended to protest at the Nato summit
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Brian Church and Brent Betterly were among three men charged with terrorism-related offences ahead of the Nato summit in
Lawyers for three protesters arrested on terrorist-related charges ahead of the Nato summit have accused police of entrapping them and encouraging an alleged bomb-making effort.
The three were arrested on Wednesday night when members of the Chicago police department battered their way into an apartment in the
According to court documents released on Saturday, the three men considered targeting Barack Obama's re-election headquarters and the home of
The three men charged were listed as Brian Church, 22, of
At a hearing on Saturday bail was set at $1.5m for each of the three. Their next court appearance is on Tuesday.
Supporters of the three men disputed the charges, saying the men had come to protest at the Nato summit peacefully and that the police had confused beer-making equipment with explosives.
A lawyer for the three, Michael Deutsch, said undercover police officers had entrapped them by infiltrating the group and encouraging the bomb-making effort. The
"Some of the proposed targets included campaign headquarters of
On Saturday several hundred activists protested outside Emanuel's home. The event was peaceful.
"The men had been making Molotov cocktails out of empty beer bottles filled with gasoline and fitted with cut bandanas for fuses,"
"It is pretty clear from the evidence they were making the bombs," Alvarez said. "There was a lot of discussion about making these Molotov cocktails and what they were going to do with them."
The charges were the state's first for violation of Illinois anti-terrorism statutes, she said.
"When it became evident there was an overt act in this conspiracy, we had to act,"
Deutsch, the attorney representing the suspects, said at the hearing that police had planted weapons at the scene of the arrests. "This is a way to stir up prejudice against a people who are exercising their First Amendment rights," Deutsch said. "There were undercover police officers that ingratiated themselves with people who come from out of town."
In a case earlier this month five self-described anarchists were charged with plotting to blow up a bridge near
Natalie Wahlberg, a member of the Occupy Chicago movement protesting against income inequality, said: "The charges are utterly ridiculous. CPD [
The National Lawyers Guild, a group of volunteer lawyers representing the protesters, said on Facebook that police "broke down doors with guns drawn and searched residences without a warrant or consent".
Alvarez said police obtained a warrant from a judge before executing the raid and arrests.
Thousands of security personnel have been deployed to monitor demonstrations in the week leading up to the two-day Nato summit that starts on Sunday. Obama and representatives from 60 countries are to discuss the war in
On Friday roughly 2,500 people protested loudly but peacefully, mostly over economic issues, at a downtown
Police said more than a dozen people had been arrested related to Nato, mostly for trespassing. One man was arrested during the protests after he climbed a bridge tower to rip down a banner advertising the Nato summit, police said.
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