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Dave Mahoney (RNC arrestee) pleads guilty in exchange for 90day cap.

Last Hours | 03.06.2009 14:14 | Repression | Social Struggles

On June 1st 2009 Dave Mahoney, under pressure from US state repression, plead guilty to a single count of second degree assault.

The situation arose after sand bags where dropped from a bridge onto a closed highway off ramp during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests last September. Dave Mahoney was arrested two days later and charged with aiding and abetting second degree assault and terroristic threats. Soon after the charges rose to 3 acounts of second degree assault and 3 terroristic threats, then finaly a month before trial was due to start 4 more charges where added equaling 10 in total. It was not untill a week before Dave was to face trial that the state made any plea offer. The offer was to plead guilty to one charge of assault and recieve a 90 day caped sentence. Faced with the prospect of years in prision should the case go to trail Dave desided to take the deal and plead guilty to this bogus charge.

Video evidence shows the sandbag that the prosecution claims Dave was suppose to have thrown hit no one and landed on the road below the bridge. So with no victim how could this lead to an assault charge?

Over the week of protests surrounding the convention the police pressence was worthy of the label of police state. Police agencies supplied officers to the RNC and $50 million in federal funds were allotted for security purposes. Police used this money to pay for 3500 police officers, 200 new tazers, $2 million in tear gas and pepper spray, and numerous new surveillance cameras all over St. Paul. Before the protests had even begun police where conducting raids on the houses of organisers, convergance spaces and even media. As the protests began police tear gassed, pepper sprayed, beat and fired rubber bullets at crowds while arresting over 800 people.

This sort of police repression needs justification through convictions. The state made outlandish remarks such as claiming the protests where “one of the most coordinated, orchestrated efforts in the history of this country to try to create chaos in a community, and to shut down political dialogue” and Dave was painted as a evil criminal with prosecutor Richard Dusterhoft called his case “by far the most serious RNC case I have”.

It was under these repressive conditions that Dave felt that he had no choice but to take the plea deal or otherwise risk a lengthy jail sentence.

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03.06.2009 14:31

Apologies for the dodgy spelling, I published the rough draft by mistake. You can read the final piece at

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03.06.2009 20:19

this most be a joke ...2 million in pepper spray ...... how many homelless people could have house with that money many people could eat for months ......rotten world ,.........fight back ... BY ANY MEANS ,...SOLIDARITY MEANS ATTACK


It's so good

06.06.2009 10:04

that he should be able to come back to England so soon.

The fact that he has to plead guilty to ensure he doesn't spend decades inside prison is ridiculous, but plea bargains have to be made sometimes and what he's done is sensible. I would hate to have been in his situation!

Here's hoping he's back soon. I don't know him, but I've heard a lot about him and have been following the situation as much as I could.

It's a relief for us here that it seems to be almost over now.

Keep fighting, don't give up!