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Texting a Focus in Arrests of Protesters


Demonstrations have changed with the advent of text messages and social networking and law enforcement has changed to match it, a New York Criminal Lawyer reports. FBI agents raided a house in Jackson Heights, Queens, and searched it for 16 hours. New York Criminal Lawyers believe the reason for the search was suspicion that the man who lived there had helped to coordinate protesters at the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh.
The owner of the house, a 41-year-old social worker who was also a self-described anarchist, had already been arrested in Pittsburgh and charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of instruments of crime. Pennsylvania State Police told a Bronx Criminal Lawyer that the social worker was found in a hotel room with computers and police scanners. He was using social networking sites to tell protesters where the police would be. The social worker has denied he did anything wrong.
The criminal complaint in Pennsylvania accuses him of “directing others, specifically protesters of the G-20 summit, in order to avoid apprehension after a lawful order to disperse.”
“He and a friend were part of a communications network among people protesting the G-20,” the social worker’s attorney told a New York Criminal Lawyer. “There’s absolutely nothing that he’s done that should subject him to any criminal liability.”
After the raid, no further charges have been filed against the social worker. Due to the actions of the social worker’s attorney, a judge ordered the authorities to stop examining the seized materials until further notice.
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