Jan 03: Hancock 17 On Trial at 5 PM in DeWitt
Dec 09: 3 Arrested Delivering People's Order of Protection
Oct 30: Hancock 17 OOPs Re-Issued by Judge Gideon
Oct 24: Ash Wednesday 5 Acquitted of Disorderly Conduct Charges
3 Arrested at Hancock, Delivering People's Order of Protection
This afternoon, December 9, 2013, two Yale Divinity students and a Catholic Worker were arrested as they peaceably remained at the Hancock Reaper drone base entrance on East Molloy Rd in De Witt, New York. They were attempting to deliver a Citizens’ Order of Protection on behalf of Afghan drone survivors.
Since October 25, 2012 over 50 citizens have been arrested – and issued Court Orders of Protection -- for protesting Reaper drone war crime originating at Hancock. The DeWitt Town Court has issued such Orders at the request of the Hancock colonels. These Orders suppress the First Amendment right of all those arrested petitioning their government for redress of grievances at Hancock. Members of Hancock’s 174th Attack Wing pilot weaponized Reaper drones over Afghanistan killing civilians.
Those arrested today are charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Trespass and Disorderly Conduct: Creighton Chandler, Yale Divinity School 512) 534-5552 Gregory Williams, Yale Divinity School 203) 600-5447 Mark Colville*, Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, CT 203) 415-5896 * also charged with Criminal Contempt for violating his October 25. 2012 Order of Protection.
All three were released to their own recognizance by Judge Robert Jokl and will have to return to DeWitt court next week.
Ash Wednesday 5 Acquitted!
Five protesters who stood along the road outside the front gate of Hancock Base on February 13 of this year, were acquitted of Disorderly Conduct charges on on October 24 after a four hour trial. Ellen Grady, Carmen Trotta, Linda LeTendre, Fr. Bill
You can find more information about this astounding event in "A Small Victory for the Home Team?" and the Press Release from the trial.
Hancock 17 Trial January 3
At 5 pm, Wednesday, December 12, 16 of 17 people arrested, October 25, 2012 will be tried. The defendants were arrested, in violation of their First Amendment right to petition their government, as they assembled at Hancock’s main entrance for over two hours while attempting (unsuccessfully) to deliver a Citizens’ Indictment for reaper drone war crimes committed at the base. The base, home of the 174th Attack Wing of the NY Air National Guard, pilots the MQ9 reaper drone, a weaponized aerial robot, over Afghanistan and serves as the national training center for Reaper maintenance. Ed Kinane and Rae Kramer of Syracuse NY, Judy Bello of Rochester NY, Clare Grady, Mary Anne Grady Flores and James Ricks of Ithaca NY, Mark Scibila-Carver, Dan Burgevin, Mike Perry and Andrea Levine of Trumansburg NY, Elliott Adams of Sharon Springs, NY, Brian Hynes of Yonkers NY, Martha Hennessey from Catholic Worker of NYC, Mark Colville of Connecticut and Paki Wieland of Massachussets are charged with Trespass and Disorderly conduct for blocking the driveway in front of the main gate of the base, and the other driveways at some points.
At arraignment, each Defendant was served with Temporary Order of Protection requested by Col. Earl A. Evans, who is Commander of the Support Team for the 174th Attack Wing, which is located at the base. These OOPs, which were Re-Issued on December 30, 2013 advise each individual not to stalk or assault Earl A. Evans, and requires that they stay away from the Base. Rae Kramer and Mary Anne Grady Flores have been charged with violating their OOPs for returning to the area near the front gate of Hancock Base with other protesters.