Three anti-NATO protesters arrested in a late-night raid days before start of the 60-nation summit have been charged with terrorism for possession of explosive devices, Eric Johnson reports.
But supporters of the three men arrested Wednesday evening at a residence in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago disputed the charges and said the police had confused beer-making equipment with explosives.
"The charges are utterly ridiculous. CPD doesn’t know the difference between home beer-making supplies and Molotov cocktails," said Natalie Wahlberg, a member of the Occupy Chicago movement protesting over income inequality.
The National Lawyers Guild, the group of volunteer lawyers representing the protesters, said police “broke down doors with guns drawn and searched residences without a warrant or consent,” according to a statement on the group’s Facebook page..