I moved back to Florida from Charlotte, NC earlier this year, and a lot of the kids who were attacked during this Fest (as described below) were friends of mine. If you'd all take a minute to read this and offer some support to these kids, it would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully we can get the message out that police brutality and violations of civil liberties are NOT to be tolerated.
On Sept 23, police brutally attacked band members and the crowd attending a Human Rights Fest in uptown Charlotte, NC. The event had been going great attracting a multinational crowd of some 200 people. Many people passing by stopped and joined in. The Human Rights Fest featured performances from Dirty South Revolutionaries, Tax Slave, 25 Minutes To Go and Southside Punx. The police forced the permitted event to shut down early. Than dozens of cops charged into the crowd, jumping on people and using a taser on at least one person. One person, David Crane, was beaten by several cops and people were arrested. Full story at http://charlotteaction.blogspot.com
David Crane went to the hospital and was treated for broken ribs and a collapsed lung. According to Brandon Magness, with the band Southside Punx, “Dave is a peaceful man and these injuries were caused directly from the police.”
Defend The Charlotte Five - Drop The Charges
An online petition demanding that the charges against David Crane, Joshua Lane, Edward Auer, Johnathan Moss, and Brandon Magness be dropped and any violations of their civil liberties be redressed. The petition has collected over 250 signatures in less than 24 hours.
Read and sign the petition at www.petitiononline.com/thefive