September 7th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Kevin Stark News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Portland Medics "Under fire from police chemical weapons"


Some more info about the Portland Medics who were arrested on the first day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

(Read my post about the event here, and my first post about the medics here.)

Portland Medics David Drew, Jr, Tracy Maier, and R. Westlund have been charged with Misdemeanors in the 1st degree for “Presence at an Unlawful Assembly and Refusing to Leave.” Those misdemeanors carry fines up to $1,000 and 90 days in prison, if convicted.

One other medic, A. Oliver Hayes, was charged with a gross misdemeanor in the third degree of rioting. That can mean up to a year in prison, if convicted.

All four medics are out of jail. But group members contend they were “under fire from police chemical weapons, having never received an order to disperse,” and the victims of illegal police searches.

Read the medics' full press release here.
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