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CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST “HANCOCK 33” IN DEWITT TOWN COURT


In town court this evening, at the request of the town prosecuting attorney,  Judge David Gideon dismissed the charge of “parading without a permit” against the “Hancock 33.” Onondaga County sheriffs arrested the defendants, from Syracuse and across New York State, on Sunday, April 22 while they walked silently, solemnly and single-file along the shoulder of East Molloy Road, the public road leading to the main gate of Hancock Air Base.

Many of the defendants were carrying signs protesting the piloting of weaponized Reaper drones at Hancock. Their intent, foiled by the arrests, was to deliver a citizen’s indictment to the base. They allege that under International Law war crimes are committed on the base, especially the widespread killing of civilians by the Reaper in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The town attorney Donald Doerr, citing the DeWitt Town Code – Chapter 134-1, noted that prosecution was unnecessary since the 33 weren’t a threat to themselves or to the traveling public and that they didn’t interfere with emergency service to the community.

One of the walkers, Ann Tiffany of Syracuse, said, “These were pre-emptive arrests. They violated citizens’ rights to assemble and petition our government under the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.”

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Drone Protesters Walk Free 
 An Important Victory  for All US Citizens!
"In the Interest of Justice"  All Charges Are Dismissed
 
 
 
June 14, 2012 Town Court of DeWitt, NY
 
 
On behalf of the Town of DeWitt, Attorney Donald Doerr made a motion for dismissal of all charges "in the Interest of Justice", against the Hancock 33. Judge David Gideon accepted the motion and dismissed the charges against the defendants and sealed the records. 
 
The Hancock 33 are part group of concerned citizens from upstate NY who are unwilling to be complicit with US government war crimes in  the form of drone war fare, illegal assassinations, the killing of innocent civilians, signature assassinations  and President Obama's infamous "Kill List". In addition they are concerned with the growing use of illegal surveillance of US Citizens and the erosion of civil liberties within the United States.



They were arrested on April 22, 2012 in a preemptive political arrest for parading without a permit. The entire group of 50 individuals were originally ambushed and placed under arrest by Onondaga County sheriffs as protesters walked single file alongside the road to the base. They were on their way to serve an  indictment to the base commander. 
 
As this group would later learn, members of the USAF from Hancock Airfield met with NYS Troopers and the Onondaga Sheriffs Department met at least one time a week earlier to plan the arrests.
 
Among this group were several U.S. military veterans and members of Veterans for Peace including, Elliot Adams, Army, John Amidon, USMC and Russell Brown, USMC  Among others arrested was Ed Kinane, a  member of the Syracuse Peace Council and also a member of Veterans for Peace.  
 
The Hancock 33 are determined to proceed with a civil lawsuit against the Town of DeWitt to protect First Amendment Rights for all US citizens including the right to assemble and to petition their government with grievances.  Members of this group  will continue to  bring attention to the war crimes committed by drone operators at Hancock Airfield, Creech Air Force Base and other US government installations.   Elliot Adams former VFP president said, The motion to  dismiss and subsequent dismissal is their admission of guilt.For more information about drone resistance  please go to: http://upstatedroneaction.org/index.html
 
For immediate information contact:
 
Elliot Adams 518-441-2697
John Amidon 518-312-6442
Ed Kinane 315-478-4571
Russell Brown 716-570-5200

 

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      Contact: Ursula Rozum 315) 472-5478
14 June 2012                                                                  Ed Kinane 315) 478-4571 
 
                  
                   CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST “HANCOCK 33”
                                       IN DEWITT TOWN COURT
 
In town court this evening (6/14), at the request of the town prosecuting attorney, Judge David Gideon dismissed the charge of “parading without a permit” against the “Hancock 33.”  Onondaga County sheriffs arrested the defendants, from Syracuse and across New York State, on Sunday, April 22 while they walked silently, solemnly and single-file along the shoulder of East Molloy Road, the public road leading to the main gate of Hancock Air Base.
 
Many of the defendants were carrying signs protesting the piloting of weaponized Reaper drones at Hancock. Their intent, foiled by the arrests, was to deliver a citizen’s indictment to the base. They allege that under International Law war crimes are committed on the base, especially the widespread killing of civilians by the Reaper in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
 
The town attorney Donald Doerr, citing the DeWitt Town Code – Chapter 134-1, noted that prosecution was unnecessary since the 33 weren’t a threat to themselves or to the traveling public and that they didn’t interfere with emergency service to the community.
 
One of the walkers, Ann Tiffany of Syracuse, said, “These were pre-emptive arrests. They violated citizens’ rights to assemble and petition our government under the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.”###

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