On November 1 in Chelsea, a street medic was tackled while walking on the sidewalk and in the process of following the NYPD's dispersal orders. That day, despite dispersing as ordered, they were arrested and charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration (OGA.)
Undeterred, the street medic (who wishes to remain anonymous for safety) was once again tackled while on the sidewalk during the illegal kettling employed by NYPD the night of November 4th. The officer then proceeded to assault the medic by putting their knee on the medic's neck, tearing their ACL, and fracturing bones in the medic's knee.
For suffering this brutal assault, the medic was again charged with ODA and resisting arrest.
Also on November 4th, the second comrade was among those illegally kettled by the NYPD on Greenwich Avenue. He was serving as a medic's aide and was in the process of assisting a medic who had been tackled by police when an NYPD officer punched his head and jaw with such force that it knocked out his molar tooth and caused his mouth to bleed.
For attempting to assist an injured medic, he is currently facing OGA and PL 205.30 charges (resisting arrest.)
Both comrades are wrongfully facing Class A Misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest, punishable by up to one year in jail.
Those fighting for justice have continually fallen prey to the broken "justice system" themselves since the start of the George Floyd Uprisings in New York City and beyond.
These two comrades have put themselves on the front line in the fight against racism, fascism, and police brutality countless times in multiple cities - including in Washington, D.C., where they defended BLM Plaza from the Proud Boys and other far-right extremists. They have stood on shield lines, waiting in the heat and cold for comrades during jail support, and provided invaluable medical attention at Occupy City Hall and numerous other protest places throughout New York City.
We are attempting to raise $7,000 to attempt to defray the costs of their legal battles, both of which will take place next week.
Though these comrades have reached out to the NLG and other nonprofit legal agencies, they have not received responses. We cannot risk them having inadequate representation, and we will not allow them to be represented by anyone who doesn't see them as a priority.
We are asking you to please donate any amount you can to help keep them out of jail and in the streets fighting with us where they belong.
Any excess funds not used for their legal defense and court fees will be used on community defense and/or community mutual aid.
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- Ce Scotch
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