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Two GOP Convention ‘Protesters’ Indicted

Funny how stories like this only appear in the local media outlets, such as in this case the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Two Texas men indicted in plan to disrupt RNC

A federal indictment accuses the suspects of having weapons to be used against police during convention protests. “It’s worth it if an officer gets burned or maimed,” one of the suspects allegedly said.

By TIM HARLOW, Star Tribune

Last update: September 24, 2008

Two men from Texas who are members of a group that planned to disrupt the Republican National Convention have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a firearm without a serial number, and illegal manufacturing a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis said.

David Guy McKay, 22, and Bradley Neal Crowder, 23, both of Austin, allegedly possessed firearms that were not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and possessed firearms that did not contain serial numbers as required by law. The alleged actions took place Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, according to the indictment.

Crowder was arrested on Sept. 1 on charges of disorderly conduct. McKay was arrested Sept. 3 after police searched a residence on Dayton Avenue, the Attorney’s Office said.

According to an FBI affidavit, Crowder was the leader of the Austin Affinity Group and came to Minneapolis in May to meet with others to discuss plans for disrupting the Republican National Convention, held Sept. 1-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Crowder and McKay, identified as members of the group, brought a trailer filled with 35 shields made from stolen traffic barrels, to St. Paul on Aug. 28. The shields were constructed with protruding screws to be used as weapons, the affidavit said.

Both men also allegedly bought supplies for making Molotov cocktails at a St. Paul Wal-Mart on Aug. 31. The men allegedly made eight of the cocktails, stored them at a residence on Dayton Avenue, and planned to throw them at law enforcement vehicles in a nearby parking lot patrolled by members of the U.S. Secret Service and the military, the affidavit said.

During electronic surveillance conducted on Sept. 2, law enforcement officials overheard McKay saying that he could leave the scene with a police officer burning or dying, and that “it’s worth it if an officer gets burned or maimed,” the indictment said.

The same day, police searched the residence and found gas masks, slingshots, helmets, knee pads and a two-gallon gasoline container believed to be the one that the men bought Aug. 31 at Wal-Mart. Officers also found eight Molotov cocktails and other items, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Crowder and McKay could face 10 years in prison on each of the three charges if they are convicted.

How are these two not domestic terrorists?

Sad to say, however, but the real surprise is that these two bravos have even been indicted.

Of course if they had been on their way to the DNC’s convention, their story would be above the fold on the front page of every newspaper and leading the network news reports.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Two GOP Convention ‘Protesters’ Indicted”

  1. Exeter says:

    Just a couple of community organizers going about their business…

  2. pinandpuller says:

    They formed a Bill Ayers tribute band…

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