Update: Amelia Nicol beats charges

From Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

DA admits fear of losing at trial

It’s been a long 5 months for Amelia Nicol, a 21 year old woman from Colorado who became infamous across the region after gracing the front pages of news websites and blogs. Amelia was accused of throwing a molotov cocktail at local police (some media sites even claimed it was a pipe bomb) during the aftermath of a demonstration against Denver police on May 6th. Amelia was arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer in the first degree, one count of use of explosives, one count of possession of explosives, one count of second-degree arson, one count of criminal mischief, one count of inciting a riot, two counts of attemped third-degree assault, and one count of resisting arrest.

These seven felony and three misdemeanor charges threatened to send Amelia to prison for over 100 years. A woman who turned 21 inside a jail cell over Memorial Day Weekend faced the rest of her life in prison.

Read the rest here

Legal Updates on Arestees from Anti-Police Demonstrations

Our friends over at Denver Anarchist Black Cross have updates on the legal situations for the folks that have been arrested during the wave of anti-police marches.

It’s been more than a month since a demonstration commemorating the year anniversary of the murder of homeless street preacher Marvin Booker resulted in the arrest of three protesters. All three have attended court in the last few weeks, bringing about new updates in the context of anti-policing struggles in Denver.

The first person arrested that day turned out to be a minor and was released after a short period of detention. He had no prior criminal record and was given a deferred sentence on the condition that he completes anger management courses. There is an obvious irony in all of this: While a person who is upset about the police’s indiscriminate and brutal violence against people in this city is required to take classes to “manage their emotions,” the cops that murdered Marvin Booker were never required to take anything of the sort. Those who deal out beatings or fly off the handle towards mere traffic violation witnesses throughout Denver never found themselves being patronized by some “sensitivity coordinator.”  Read the rest here

Check out videos from the last few marches

Solidarity with Amelia Nicol! Pack the court for her arraignment!

Anti-police terror defendant Amelia Nicol has her next court date set for Monday June 27th, in Courtroom 5G in the Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse (the new courthouse, at Colfax and Elati in the same complex as the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center)

We are calling on all freedom and justice loving people to stand with her as she is arraigned on her remaining charges, including a felony charge of possession of explosives, and two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault on a police officer.

Though the major felonies were dismissed by a judge earlier this month, she still faces significant time in prison for these remaining charges.

Let’s pack the courtroom and show solidarity with Amelia as she continues to fight these atrocious charges!

An injury to one is an injury to all. The attack on Amelia is an attack on the broader movements in Denver that have been working to combat police terror in our neighborhoods and communities.

We hope to see you Monday morning!

Monday, June 27 · 8:00am – 11:00am
Courtroom 5G, Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse

520 W. Colfax
Denver, Colorado

Video from Amelia Nicol Support Rally Today

RALLY TODAY!!!!!!!!!!Tell Denver DA Morrissey: Drop the charges against Amelia Nicol!

Come out today from 2-5pm at the Denver District Attorney Office at 201 W. Colfax

Join other outraged community members outside Denver District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey’s office as we demand that he immediately drop the charges against Amelia Nicol and free her from the Denver County Jail!

On May 6th, over one hundred people marched against the wave of terror that has plagued our neighborhoods at the hands of Denver area law enforcement agencies.

As the march ended, a small firework was thrown into the air. …Police used this event as a pretext to chase and tackle a march participant, later identified as Amelia Nicol, and arrest her.

Days later, the media spun the story of the march, and the small firework became a deadly explosive. Amelia was accused by the District Attorney of throwing the “improvised bomb” at police officers. She has been subsequently charged with the attempted murder of two police officers and a host of other serious felonies. She faces over 90 years in prison for an action that dozens of witnesses claim never even happened.

The allegations against Amelia are completely fabricated. The police and District Attorney are attempting to stifle and destroy a growing social movement that has risen to challenge the ongoing police terror plaguing our communities.

This attack on Amelia is an attack on every single one of us who struggle for a world based on justice and freedom.

The Denver DA has made it clear that he will sit by and watch as police officers murder, beat, and brutalize members of our community, but that he will instead go out of his way to imprison those of us who stand up against these atrocities.

Stand with us on June 8th.

Demand freedom for Amelia!
Demand justice for Marvin Booker!
Demand justice for Oleg Gidenko!
Demand an end to police terror in Denver!

Please note that if you can not join us on the 8th, that Amelia has court the following day on June 9th at 9 am at the Van Cise Simonett Detention Center. Please join us there if you cannot join us on the 8th.

If you wish to support Amelia, but cannot attend either rally, please visit denverabc.wordpress.com for support info and updates on Amelia’s case, or contact Denver ABC at denverabc@rocketmail.com

Letters can also be sent to the DA at:

Denver DA Mitch Morrissey
201 W. Colfax #801
Denver, CO 80202

Letters of support can be sent to Amelia at:
Amelia Nicole CD# 0000762401
Denver County Jail
PO Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

Update on Amelia Nicol, Anti-Police Terror Prisoner

From Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

As Amelia’s next court date approaches, support efforts have started to solidify locally. We’ve been able to have fairly consistent telephone contact with Amelia over the last week. As it stands, Amelia has been moved to solitary confinement within the jail, caged in her cell for 23 hours each day, with one hour for phone calls, recreation, and any sort of co-mingling with other human beings.

Amelia has been receiving tons of mail from across the country, and is very appreciative of everyone who has written her. She has promised that as soon as her stamp and envelope package arrives (it was mailed by DABC over 9 days ago), she will write to every single person she has received a letter from.

Denver ABC will be hosting a press conference and rally outside of Denver DA Mitch Morrissey’s office on Wednesday June 8th at 2pm. If you are in the Denver area, your presence would be greatly helpful and appreciated. The address for the DA’s office is 201 W. Colfax, the Webb Building downtown.

Amelia has court again on Thursday June 9th at 8:30 am in courtroom 2100 at the Van Cise Simonet Detention Center at Colfax and Elati downtown. We’re asking supporters to pack the courtroom and make a visible presence outside with banners, signs, etc.

Read the rest here

Urgent: Support anti-police terror march participant Amelia Nicol, facing 90 years in prison!

From Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

Support resistance to police terror!
Support Amelia Nicol!

On Friday May 6th, over one hundred people, mostly young, poor, and angry, took to the streets in defiance of the Denver Police Department. They participated in a march, called to confront “police terror” in the Denver Metro area. Specifically, they marched to remember the deaths of Marvin Booker and Oleg Gidenko, two people murdered by area police departments in the last year.

As the the march ended, a small firework was set off in the street. Police used this act as a justification to chase one alleged participant down an alley, where she was tackled and beaten by police. This person would later be identified as Amelia Nicol, a 20 year old Colorado resident. She now faces outlandish charges including attempted murder.

We call on all people to support Amelia as she fights these attempts at intimidation and repression, and the police’s broader attack on social movements in Denver.

Background
Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher, died at the hands of five sheriff’s deputies in the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center in downtown Denver on July 9, 2010. He was tackled, beaten, placed into chokeholds, tazed, and kicked. He eventually succumbed to the officers’ brutal attack. He was murdered for refusing to leave his shoes in the booking area of the jail.

Read the rest here

There are many ways to show support:

1)Attend Amelia’s public hearing on Monday May 16th at 9:30 am in Courtroom 2100 of the Denver County Courthouse at 490 West Colfax in downtown Denver.
2)Donate to Amelia’s legal defense. Denver ABC will be accepting donations on behalf of Amelia’s family and friends. You can mail donations to Denver ABC, 2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D, Denver CO 80211. Checks should be made payable to P&L Printing. A paypal account where donations can be made is available through the username plpress@riseup.net
3)Sign up for updates on Denver ABC’s twitter account. Our username is DenverABC.
4)Send a letter to the Denver DA demanding that the charges against Amelia be immediately dropped. All letters or postcards can be mailed to: Denver DA Mitch Morrissey, 201 W. Colfax Ave #801, Denver CO 80202-5328
5)Keep checking the Denver ABC blog at denverabc.wordpress.com for all news, announcements, and other ways to show support for Amelia and other political prisoners.