Wednesday night’s bizarre warrantless raid on an apartment building in Chicago and the rounding up of a number of “suspected protesters” took another turn for the odd today, when officials revealed that three of the captives are now being charged with terrorism.
The new charges, which took over two days to actually be revealed, are related to the seizure of beer-making material in the apartment building. Prosecutors now say that the empty bottles were going to be filled with gasoline and used as Molotov cocktails.
Michael Deutsch, the lawyer for the three detainees, says that they were all non-violent protesters and that of the people “arrested” that night (most of whom were released without charges) two were actually undercover police there to “egg on” the protesters to move from non-violent to violent action.
“We believe it is a set-up, an entrapment to the highest degree … to discredit the protesters who have come here to non-violently protest,” Deutsch added. The prosecutors insisted that all three were “anarchists” and “domestic terrorists.”
The National Lawyers Guild, which initially brought the raid and detentions to public attention, says that the three “terrorists” were in a car pulled over last week, and posted a video online of Chicago police harassing them about their planned protests. Police threatened to “beat their white ass” during the video, and vowed to “find them” at the protests. Police say that stop was “unrelated” to the sudden terrorism charges.