Occupy Denver: Sean Driggers (finally) ID'd as felony arrestee, first 50 busted plead not guilty

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After long wait and frequent online debate, the second felony charge to come from Saturday's Occupy Denver riot has been released: Sean Driggers was arrested on criminal intent to commit second degree assault and will face an advisement at 10 a.m. this morning. His bond will be set at $5,000; the DA's timeline to file formal charges on Driggers ends Monday.

There's an important distinction here: Driggers is not alleged to have actually struck a police officer, says Charles Nadler, president of the Colorado Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. This slight variation in charge is different from the case of John Sexton, the 33-year-old protester and recent Westword profile subject. Sexton recently lost his job as an insurance salesman over his arrest for felony assault of a police officer -- an accusation he denies.

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A protester is arrested during Saturday's most recent demonstration.
Nadler doesn't know why the Driggers charge was so late in coming; he says the prosecutor heard of the case two days ago, but didn't know the name at that time, either.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the announcement is that Driggers is not the person who pushed over (or was potentially rolled over by) a police officer's motorcycle. The allegation, which Sexton told Westword had been attributed to him while in jail, fits neither man.

In the meantime, Occupy Denver's 48-person professional legal team has taken ongoing action on the cases resulting from the first two rounds of 24 and then 26 arrests made more than two weeks ago. All of those who were originally arrested have pleaded not guilty, meaning all arrestees also refused the same legal bargain across the board: one year's probation and eight hours of community service rather to avoid the potential for stricter consequences.

"They all entered a plee of not guilty, and there might be a change in some of those, but I don't expect many, if that," Nadler says. "Most want to go to trial, because they feel they were wrongfully arrested during a demonstration. We figured it would probably go this way, though each individual makes up their own mind. They are making a statement."


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Gold Man-Sacks
Gold Man-Sacks

They already printed the photo of Donahue. Isn't "medical marijuana activist" in the caption a bit redundant?

Philo99
Philo99

The Occupy terrorist attack in Fort Collins did $10 million dollars in damage.......Now we all have to worry about what kind of attacks they have planned for Denver.

The Denver Police need to keep a closer eye on these people before someone gets killed.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Let's just let it go with Mitch Morrissey and the top ten officers in the DPD being shot point-blank in the face with pepper bullets and dragged from Civic Center Park to the Cise Simonet Murder Facility, and the award of $5,000,000 to Mr. Drigger.

Thadeaous
Thadeaous

Atta boys! Plug up the system as long as you can.

Host
Host

Corey "Nut Job" Donahue is a "self proclaimed" mmj activist. NOT ONE group will allow him in their midst. Not even the anti-Semitic CTI.

broke
broke

Only if YOU are footing the bill, big fella!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Corey Donahue is an activist for medical cannabis, and if you attended committee meetings of the General Assembly, meetings of the medical cannabis advisory groups for the CDPHE and the DOR, the BOH, the Title Review Board, or the Drug Policy Task Force, you would know that.

What you are is another idiotic, anonymous detractor, who probably uses cannabis, but has never stood up against the prohibitionists.

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