group, which opposes immigration and believes in living in a white "tribe."
Other anarchists claim BANA aren't even anarchists, give anarchism a bad name, and are mad
tactic of a radical subset of anarchists predisposed to wearing black bandannas, using violence and vandalism at protests, and chucking batteries at police officers,
a police source said.
Anarchists in black garb and other supporters of the two defendants
filled three rows in the courtroom this morning, exchanging smiles and
sympathetic looks with the defendants filing into the courtroom in
orange jumpsuits. Allen, a 42-year-old black City College student and
part-time employee at the Noe Valley Farmers Market, appeared calm. He's
been arrested at protests before, though the charges from prior incidents were dropped, his defense attorney, Jonah Chew said. Allen is
accused of an attempted robbery of a backpack, an assault with force to
cause great bodily injury against BANA founder Andrew Yeoman, and
assault with a deadly weapon -- using, yes, a battery. His attorney
alleged that a BANA member called him a "negro jackass" during the
to her attorney, John Hamasaki, who says she volunteers at soup kitchens
and works for a painting company. The petite, white 19-year-old from
Pittsburgh, Penn., with short hair and a baby face, broke into tears
while waiting for her appearance, wiping them away with her the sleeves
of the sweatshirt pulled down over her wrists. Musgrove faces the
robbery and assault charge along with Allen, as well as three more
counts of assault via kicking and punching, mace, and -- executing a move
seemingly plucked from Super Mario
Brothers -- pushing herself up on the shoulders of two of her allies to
"stomp" on the head of a BANA member lying on the ground.
to the police report, the cops started paying attention to the group of
alleged attackers back at the rally in Civic Center Plaza, when
anarchist theorist Andrej Grubacic
yelled at the BANA members "You racist assholes! Come over here and
fight!" (Grubacic was detained and released at the scene.) The police
stated they had witnessed the attackers coordinate their approach to the
BANA members on cell phones as the BANA members left the rally.
According to the BANA members' testimony to police, the white separatists
asked the group "Are you following us?" and Allen yelled "This is our
town, bitch! You aren't welcome here!"
attorney, John Hamasaki, described the fight as "mutual
combat," after a verbal confrontation. He disputed the labeling of the defendants as "
black bloc," saying the only thing clothing item that identified a group
was a cap that read "Anti-Racist
Action" -- "which I don't necessarily think is a bad thing," he
said, drawing laughs from supporters.
Attorney Victor Hwang said two of the purported BANA victims were
willing to testify. The preliminary hearing date will be set tomorrow.
At the hearing's end, Musgrove mouthed "I love you" to someone in the
gallery and walked back into custody.
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