Defend the Rutgers
Walk Out coalition members met and communicated with police, before and during the event, in an effort to be cooperative with police to ensure participants' safety.
According to the Targum, "(Sgt Richard) Rowe said members of the group advised them of their proposed route shortly before they began, so he said if the protesters went on Route 18 they would accommodate them."
Police Pleased By Rally's Nature: http://media.
All three are being charged with Disorderly Conduct, a "violation" according to New Jersey state law (equivalent to a "misdemeanor"). If convicted, they could face up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a record of an "offense" that would take several years to expunge. The complaint states, "Did engage in conduct which caused a physically dangerous or hazardous condition, specifically by organizing and participating in a protest march onto Route 18 disrupting traffic in violation of N.J.S. 2c: 33-2A(2)"
These selective charges are designed to intimidate students and student organizations from organizing such antiwar protests.
We, the undersigned, call for Rutgers University administration to defend and support the three students faced with these unjust charges. We also call for all charges against the Rutgers 3 to be immediately dropped.
Rutgers Walkout Coalition
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