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(Metro US)   Environmental activist known as Reverend Billy, faces a year in prison for rioting. What did he and other protesters do? They dressed like frogs, danced and sang songs in front of JP Morgan Chase Bank to protest their stance on climate change   (metro.us) divider line 97
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2014-01-16 02:17:30 PM
WTF, are we Russia now?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-01-16 02:23:13 PM

SquiggsIN: WTF, are we Russia now?


Maybe Tsarist Russia.  I think you can annoy serfs all you want.
 
2014-01-16 02:31:19 PM
The protesters, all members of Talen's Stop Shopping Choir, went up to the bank's third floor where the wealth management offices for private clients are located and burst into song.

This wasn't for protesting outside.  They went into the building and disrupted the business activities taking place.  The problem with a light sentence here is it will give cart blanche to any other activists who want to disrupt any other business.  Animal rights groups going inside furriers, Westboro Baptist going inside funeral homes, pro-lifers going inside abortion clinics.

I appreciate Rev. Billy's message.  But if he doesn't get punished, we're in for a world of shiat.
 
2014-01-16 02:33:21 PM

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2014-01-16 02:36:36 PM

SquiggsIN: WTF, are we Russia now?


It appears so.
 
2014-01-16 02:44:06 PM
Crime: dressed like frogs, danced and sang songs in front of JP Morgan
Punishment: charges that carry up to a year in prison

A little harsh.

But:
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they wouldn't spend more then a couple of months in a minimum security jail
 
2014-01-16 02:44:25 PM

RodneyToady: The protesters, all members of Talen's Stop Shopping Choir, went up to the bank's third floor where the wealth management offices for private clients are located and burst into song.

This wasn't for protesting outside.  They went into the building and disrupted the business activities taking place.  The problem with a light sentence here is it will give cart blanche to any other activists who want to disrupt any other business.  Animal rights groups going inside furriers, Westboro Baptist going inside funeral homes, pro-lifers going inside abortion clinics.

I appreciate Rev. Billy's message.  But if he doesn't get punished, we're in for a world of shiat.


The counter argument being that we should be disrupting JP Morgan's business activities. Possibly with air strikes.
 
2014-01-16 02:49:59 PM
Ok...so here's my take on this story:

Protesters - trespassing on private property. Pay a fine, get yelled at and ya get a firm reminder about the rules on public protests with a warning not to go on bank property without permission ever again.

Jp Morgan - back it the f*ck off. Throwing protesters into jail on the first offense is bad policy and a waste of time. Retrain your rent a cops, tighten up building security, and file trespass charges against the loud hippies. Suck it up cupcake, not everyone is gonna like how you do business. Go home and rub your nipples in your pile of cash and ignore the chanting and fog costumes.
 
2014-01-16 02:55:30 PM

RodneyToady: They went into the building and disrupted the business activities taking place.


Excuse me while I go search for some pearls to clutch.
 
2014-01-16 03:00:54 PM

RodneyToady: I appreciate Rev. Billy's message. But if he doesn't get punished, we're in for a world of shiat.


That's exactly how Hitler felt about the Jews, by the way.
 
2014-01-16 03:06:42 PM
This just in: banks run the world.
 
2014-01-16 03:06:52 PM

Marcus Aurelius: That's exactly how Hitler felt about the Jews, by the way.


The only thing that surprises me is this thread reached Godwin before someone used the word "bankster."
 
2014-01-16 03:11:42 PM

Lando Lincoln: This just in: banks run the world.


According to Beyonce girls run the world.
 
2014-01-16 03:11:54 PM

Marcus Aurelius: That's exactly how Hitler felt about the Jews, by the way.


really?! 10 posts in??

Weaver95: on the first offense


You don't get a cool nick name and "known" on your first protest.

Really all they should get is a night in jail and a fine for a street performance with a permit. We can't have people making a disturbance like that in the middle of a busy location like that. Do you have any idea how many people are on anti-psychotics in Manhattan?! They're lucky to be alive right now.
 
2014-01-16 03:16:41 PM

James!: Lando Lincoln: This just in: banks run the world.

According to Beyonce girls run the world.


According to Beyoncé, men are supposed to marry their women if they love them too.

So she's obviously an idiot.
 
2014-01-16 03:28:34 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: really?! 10 posts in??


I figured we'd get it out of the way early.
 
2014-01-16 03:53:06 PM
Approves:
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2014-01-16 03:54:08 PM

RodneyToady: The protesters, all members of Talen's Stop Shopping Choir, went up to the bank's third floor where the wealth management offices for private clients are located and burst into song.

This wasn't for protesting outside.  They went into the building and disrupted the business activities taking place.  The problem with a light sentence here is it will give cart blanche to any other activists who want to disrupt any other business.  Animal rights groups going inside furriers, Westboro Baptist going inside funeral homes, pro-lifers going inside abortion clinics.

I appreciate Rev. Billy's message.  But if he doesn't get punished, we're in for a world of shiat.


cdn3.whatculture.com

WE ARE...IN A WORLD...OF SHIAT!
 
2014-01-16 03:54:39 PM
It sounds like preachy got arrested while trespassing on private property. Should have stayed on the sidewalk.
 
2014-01-16 03:55:01 PM
For a moment there I'd thought Rev. Billy C Wirtz  had gone all activist instead of comedian.
 
2014-01-16 03:55:47 PM
Hello my baby
Hello my honey
Hello my ragtime gal

Send me a kiss by wire
Baby my heart's on fire

If you refuse me
Honey you loose me
Then you'll be
Left alone

Oh baby telephone
And tell me I'm
Your own
 
2014-01-16 03:55:57 PM
Has a better idea

Link
 
2014-01-16 03:56:16 PM
Dressed as frogs? Did they have those "Jump You F*ckers" signs?
 
2014-01-16 03:56:47 PM

iheartscotch: It sounds like preachy got arrested while trespassing on private property. Should have stayed on the sidewalk.


still isn't a riot.. charge em for trespassing if thats what they were doing.
 
2014-01-16 03:57:39 PM
FYI the rioting charge was dropped by the DA (most likely after being called out on the fact that JPM more or less pays for the NY government). The trespass charges are sticking though, but there's no more chance of jailtime.
SOURCE:
https://www.change.org/petitions/reverend-billy-faces-one-year-in-ja il -asks-for-petition-signatures
 
2014-01-16 03:57:50 PM
You don't occupy Wall Street. They're just paid employees of the real bastards.

YOU OCCUPY PARK AVENUE!


You make one rich guy miss his polo game due to traffic and you will see change. It's either that or the NYPD will beat your brains in like they did the OWS guys THEN stomp the cerebellum leavings into the pavement.
 
2014-01-16 03:58:26 PM

Lando Lincoln: James!: Lando Lincoln: This just in: banks run the world.

According to Beyonce girls run the world.

According to Beyoncé, men are supposed to marry their women if they love them too.

So she's obviously an idiot.


What? How does this prove her idiocy? I mean if you have to wait over a decade for a proposal- that's a bit ridonkulous, don't you think?
 
2014-01-16 03:59:43 PM

SquiggsIN: WTF, are we Russia now?


No, they weren't shot.
 
2014-01-16 04:00:45 PM
Bystander: Hahah! You are so funny, Reverend Billy. What a riot!
Cops: Cuff 'em and stuff 'em.
 
2014-01-16 04:01:17 PM

SquiggsIN: WTF, are we Russia now?


At least Russians know they don't really live in a free country.
 
2014-01-16 04:02:03 PM
The aftermath of the riot.

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2014-01-16 04:02:17 PM
By "year in prison" don't you mean psychiatric evaluation?

Sounds like a bunch of real special needs idiots.

//lude
 
2014-01-16 04:03:48 PM
Billy Jack reboot?
 
2014-01-16 04:04:16 PM
welcome to the USSR of the united states of America citizen, stfu and rat on your neighbor, don't worry we will beat the confession out of them b efore we send them to work for less than a dollar an hour.

progress.
 
2014-01-16 04:05:08 PM

SquiggsIN: WTF, are we Russia now?


It would so much simpler if they could just be charged with hooliganism and sent off to a work camp in Florida.
 
2014-01-16 04:05:10 PM
When I'm an old man, I will tell tales of the great riot of 1/16/14.
 
2014-01-16 04:05:17 PM
I think these ecoweenies should  probably get at least 6 months in jail.    It's not good for them to disrupt business in this way.    A year is ok.    6mo to a year sounds about right.
 
2014-01-16 04:12:15 PM

firefly212: iheartscotch: It sounds like preachy got arrested while trespassing on private property. Should have stayed on the sidewalk.

still isn't a riot.. charge em for trespassing if thats what they were doing.


Depending on how he did it; I could see a charge of inciting a riot. Especially if they caused damage to anything in the building.

I'm betting they got snippy with the arresting officer and are now reaping the benefits of their snippyness. If you encounter the police; you should try to be as pleasant as possible; it doesn't hurt you and you are less likely to be arrested for loitering or something.
 
2014-01-16 04:12:22 PM

toadist: I think these ecoweenies should  probably get at least 6 months in jail.    It's not good for them to disrupt business in this way.    A year is ok.    6mo to a year sounds about right.


Someone's riled up at people cross dressing as frogs. Toadist?  Which one gives you warts?
 
2014-01-16 04:12:59 PM
They should get the normal fine for trespassing. We don't put people in prison for trespassing. The bankers on the other hand should be executed for their crimes
 
2014-01-16 04:15:38 PM

iheartscotch: firefly212: iheartscotch: It sounds like preachy got arrested while trespassing on private property. Should have stayed on the sidewalk.

still isn't a riot.. charge em for trespassing if thats what they were doing.

Depending on how he did it; I could see a charge of inciting a riot. Especially if they caused damage to anything in the building.

I'm betting they got snippy with the arresting officer and are now reaping the benefits of their snippyness. If you encounter the police; you should try to be as pleasant as possible; it doesn't hurt you and you are less likely to be arrested for loitering or something.


Contempt of cop is not a crime. Its a constitutional right
 
2014-01-16 04:19:08 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: You don't occupy Wall Street. They're just paid employees of the real bastards.

YOU OCCUPY PARK AVENUE!
You make one rich guy miss his polo game due to traffic and you will see change. It's either that or the NYPD will beat your brains in like they did the OWS guys THEN stomp the cerebellum leavings into the pavement.


My office is on Park Ave, so I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2014-01-16 04:19:33 PM
TheShavingofOccam123
You make one rich guy miss his polo game due to traffic and you will see change.

That was close to the original plan of OWS. Disrupt business. Sort of like what's happening in Thailand right now. Maybe disrupting the 1%ers social lives would have been more effective... or maybe they would have switched to the helicopter.
 
2014-01-16 04:20:42 PM
So, we're looking in January at an article from November that states the trial would start in December. Did someone post this just so they could post a follow-up later in the day and get a two-for-one on green-lit articles?
 
2014-01-16 04:22:04 PM
This happened two months ago, subby. The link said they were supposed to go to trial last month. Couldn't you have found a follow-up? No? Well, I guess I have to do everything around here.  Here. Turns out the charges were dropped, and Rev. Billy (who has been arrested more than 50 times for similar shenanigans) has moved on to another cause.
 
2014-01-16 04:23:21 PM
Man, it's a shame to have such a poignant and insightful message silenced like that.  Well, let's all thank these brave heroes for their sacrifice.  JPMC never would have changed its stance on climate change if not for their noble actions.
 
2014-01-16 04:24:40 PM
FTFA: A petition on Change.org requesting that Dictrict Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. drop all charges against Luckett and Talen is seeking 10,000 signatures. As of Sunday afternoon it had more than 3,500.

A petition! THAT'LL show 'em! If you signed this, go ahead and give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done, you activist, you!
 
2014-01-16 04:29:41 PM

vpb: SquiggsIN: WTF, are we Russia now?

Maybe Tsarist Russia.  I think you can annoy serfs all you want.


Yeah until they start getting annoyed and executing all the rich people.
 
2014-01-16 04:31:48 PM

Warlordtrooper: iheartscotch: firefly212: iheartscotch: It sounds like preachy got arrested while trespassing on private property. Should have stayed on the sidewalk.

still isn't a riot.. charge em for trespassing if thats what they were doing.

Depending on how he did it; I could see a charge of inciting a riot. Especially if they caused damage to anything in the building.

I'm betting they got snippy with the arresting officer and are now reaping the benefits of their snippyness. If you encounter the police; you should try to be as pleasant as possible; it doesn't hurt you and you are less likely to be arrested for loitering or something.

Contempt of cop is not a crime. Its a constitutional right


It is also the prerogative for law enforcement officers to, well, enforce the law. That leaves them a lot of room for interpretation. If you are annoying / hassling a cop; it's only human for that cop to look for a reason to annoy / hassle you back.

/ a prefect example is; a town I visit fairly often has a "hands off while driving" cellphone law. I've only ever heard of it being enforced when people got snippy with police officers.
 
2014-01-16 04:33:47 PM

BitwiseShift: toadist: I think these ecoweenies should  probably get at least 6 months in jail.    It's not good for them to disrupt business in this way.    A year is ok.    6mo to a year sounds about right.

Someone's riled up at people cross dressing as frogs. Toadist?  Which one gives you warts?


Judge Magus presiding
 
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