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News :: Labor : Police and Prisons
IWW Member Acquitted on All Charges
23 Jul 2015
On Tuesday July 21, IWW member Jason was cleared of all the phony charges dating from an arrest in November 2013. Jason was falsely charged with assaulting a cop, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after Cambridge and Harvard Police attacked an IWW picket at Insomnia Cookies. Workers at Insomnia went on strike in August 2013 over below minimum wage pay and illegal denial of breaks. Their demands included $15/hr, health care, and a union. The strike was later settled with strikers receiving back pay and offers of re-employment.
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Jason and some of his supporters on Day 1 of his Trial. Photo by FW Genevieve Lechat.
At Jason’s trial, the jury just took a few moments to render a verdict of “Not Guilty” on all three charges. Cambridge cops were said to be incredibly unconvincing in their testimony, with a total inability to recall anything other than an obviously rehearsed & concocted lie about what happened to Jason. The Cambridge and Harvard cops’ efforts to whitewash their attack on a legal picket were revealed to be a complete fabrication. The cops have now exposed their respective departments to potential liability over excessive force and denial of Jason’s rights.

IWW’s and friends will celebrate Jason’s total vindication at a party on Saturday 7/25, starting at 6pm, at encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place Boston (Park Street T). All friends of the workers’ movement are invited. Cops and bosses may not attend.

The Boston IWW’s General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 13 organized court support for all Jason’s hearings and Trial, and raised thousands of dollars for his legal defense and living expenses.

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