Over 9 months after Darren Wilson, the policeman in Ferguson, MO who murdered Mike Brown, walked free, Richard â€œGrantâ€ Newburger, faces serious felony charges for protesting that decision.Â The November protest where he was arrested was part of what became a massive national wave of protests against police murder.Â Two others arrested at that protest had their charges dropped last fall.Â But Grant was singled out for felony charges carrying a sentence of up to seven years in prison.
Grant will appear before Judge Vincent Gaughan in a status hearing Wednesday, September 16, 9 a.m., in Courtroom 500, Cook County Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave., Chicago. Supporters are demanding that all charges be dropped.
Grant is well known on Chicagoâ€™s South and West side Black communities for opposing police brutality and bringing revolutionary politics to the people for over 20 years. Many believe the charges against Grant donâ€™t stem from anything he did at the protest but are because of his role in opposing police terror and the system at its root.
It is an indictment of the system that police who murder people are not charged with anything — while Grant faces felony charges for protesting this injustice.