Amelia Nicol on dropping of murder, incendiary device charges -- and Occupy Denver

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Amelia Nicol.
Amelia Nicol is not afraid to go back to jail.

"I'm standing up in solidarity with the people of Occupy Denver," she says. "But I'm using different tastics than before. There's no need for me to return to jail -- not for Occupy Denver."

Earlier this year, Nicol spent six weeks behind bars and celebrated her 21st birthday in solitary confinement, charged with the attempted murder of two police officers during the May March Against Terror. She was looking at a prison sentence of up to 120 years. But after a "Free Amelia" campaign waged by friends at Anarchist Black Cross, Judge Andrew J. Armatas threw out the felony charges in June, leaving only a charge of possession of an incendiary device -- allegedly a firecracker.

"This will be a very fertile issue for litigation," Harvey Steinberg, Nicol's lawyer, said after that hearing. At the time, Nicol referred to Steinberg as a "corporate fuck" -- but she admitted he was a "very good lawyer."

Nicol bailed out of jail after that, and during each of her subsequent court appearances, a group of protesters could be found at the rear of the courtroom, supporting a fellow anarchist. And on September 15, the Denver District Attorney's office filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Nicol, saying it did not have the evidence to win at trial.

"I didn't think they could prove the case from the get-go," Steinberg said. "At most there was an allegation of throwing a firecracker -- nothing else."

Her time in jail didn't discourage Nicol from joining the Occupy Denver protest at the State Capitol. And while she was there early last Friday when the Colorado State Patrol broke up the growing "tent city," she avoided arrest. "It was such an obvious illustration of where police stand with the people," she says. "They are on the side of the 1 percent."

As for the other 99 percent? "I'd say the really frustrating thing about Occupy Denver is the immense amount of differing opinions," Nicol says. "And I'd also say the really beautiful thing about Occupy Denver is the immense amount of differing opinions."

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver petition protests arrests, hopes for 10,000 signatures."


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13 comments
Shaggy
Shaggy

The cops in Denver suck.  I'm very careful when I drive thru there. Down with the 1%!!!!!

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

nice hair. she should change her name to firecracka

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

What a fucking loser. I almost wish her anarchy wish would come so people like this would just cease to be.

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

Corporate Fuck? I like the sound of that, i shall now be known as the deaf fuck!!!!!!

Connie Chisholm
Connie Chisholm

Yeah except a firecracker could blow your face off or make you loose a limb so I'm thinking you could deffenitley kill someone by throwing a firecracker at them. But who does that?!

Connie Chisholm
Connie Chisholm

Why would you say falsely arrested? She threw a firecracker at cops, I'm sure that's not legal!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Amelia, I hope your principles allow you to sue the bastards who falsely arrested and charged you, if not for the filthy lucre, to stop them from doing the same thing to someone else.  The incompetence and abuse of the DPD must be confronted -- you have confronted it.  Please deal with the corporate fucks long enough to punish them for the BS they put you through.  Mitch Morrissey should not be the District Attorney of this City, and enough hefty awards against the City may enable us to rid ourselves of him.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

(lose, not loose)

"a firecracker could blow your face off" -- what a bizarre claim!  An M-80 is more dangerous than a firecracker, but neither are particularly dangerous.  Have you never seen a firecracker explode in your life? 

Badtastic
Badtastic

A punch can kill you but they don't call that attempted murder.

Stanley Cheeba
Stanley Cheeba

People who don't shower and have twisted views about the world they live in.

Get Real
Get Real

Once again, police charges become fact. A firecracker was thrown. The person who threw it remains unknown. If they could stick it to Amelia in a court of law they would have done it (for lower charges than they were trying, but done it nonetheless). They couldn't and as a result the charges were dropped. If you're not getting a salary from DPD, then don't do their work for them.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

As I understand it, she threw an M-80 into the air, and it detonated far away from the nearest officer.

Silas_wainwright
Silas_wainwright

True Connie, its not legal to throw a firecracker at police...but at the same time (if it was indeed just a firecracker) I dont think throwing a firecracker constitutes as an attempted murder charge either; I'm surprised they didn't try for an inducing panic charge though (or whatever its called in that state.

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