So this “mostly peaceful” movement is apparently OK with people who threaten to burn down the city and with people carry illegal weapons.
One of the protesters arrested during Occupy Wall Street’s massive New York protest last week was held on $25,000 bail for a weapons charge, and on Monday night the occupiers voted to post it for him. The evening meeting of the spokescouncil, which is the movement’s organizational body, was recorded on various Twitter accounts compiled in this Google document. In it, the participants debate whether to post bail for someone charged with a crime far above the disorderly conduct charges most of those arrested in the protests face. In the end, they decided to lift a previously designated $1,000 cap so their legal team could post bail.
The jailed protester drove a truck up from Ashville, North Carolina, with a load of military surplus tents for the occupation and arrived in New York the night of the Zuccotti Park raid on Monday, Nov. 14, the spokes-council notes say. His lawyer, Gideon Oliver, identified him as Joshua Fellows, who the New York Post reported on Monday is a 32-year-old charged with criminal possession of a weapon. According to that report, police initially let Fellows go after they impounded his rented moving truck, but tracked him down and arrested him on Saturday when they found the .45 caliber handgun “wedged between the two front seats.” The New York City Department of Correction website indicates Fellows hasn’t been bailed out yet. Oliver said a grand jury was due to convene on Wednesday.
They’re very excited about enabling criminals.
“At long last, we have modified consensus that we are raising the bail limit, including getting out the guy w/ $25K bail! Woot.” Tweeted Carrie M., a meeting participant.