The trial of three members of the INB began Tuesday Aug. 26th, and lasted until Friday Aug. 29th.
The jury found:
Drum Major charged with Criminal Treaspass II- NOT GUILTY
Flag bearer charged with Resisting arrest and Interfering with a "Peace" Officer- NOT GUILTY
(This couldn't have been better- the state dropped two more charges against this member just before the trial began. She could have been looking at a Felony and 5 years in the can.)
Parade Rifle bearer charged with Interfering with a "Peace" Officer- GUILTY.
Sentencing for the one member found guilty will be September 19th at the county courthouse.
Overall, while not a total victory for the people, the verdicts have set a precident for future protesters. The Treaspass II charge against the drum major was filed because he didn't get the entire band (15-20 people) to leave the 200 market building within 25 seconds of being told to leave. Beating this charge was very important as the building is a "Privately owned, PUBLIC SPACE". Protesting in these circumstances is LEGAL until someone tells you to leave.
Several points to consider:
To be charged with and procecuted of "Resisting Arrest", at least in the state of Oregon, YOU DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE AWARE THE PERSON ASSULTING YOU IS A COP!!!.
ALWAYS HAVE VIDEO OF ANY ARRESTS AT PROTESTS. Really, Really important. The more angles the better. Of the 4 police that testified, one of them hadn't even written a police report, the other 3 couldn't agree with each other, and even directly contradicted their own written report under oath. To say the DA and the cops lied on the stand would be a serious understatement.
Thanks to everyone in Portland (especially the police chief resigning to commemorate the day!) and everywhere else around the world that has given support of the INB and their members!!!