The Chicago Police Department’s effort to make a show of setting up some activists on terrorism charges was in part a failure. In February a jury failed to find them guilty of any terror related charges. The jury did convict the novice protesters Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly, and Jared Chase of mob action and arson after they, along with two encouraging undercover police officers, drunkenly built four crude incendiary devices. On Friday Judge Thaddeus Wilson sentenced Church to 5 years, Betterly to 6 years, and Jared Chase to 8 years in prison. At present the state of Illinois only requires inmates to serve 50% of their sentence and the three men will receive credit for the 2 years they have already spent locked up.
The case was created by and relied entirely on the efforts of two Chicago Police Officers Mehmet Uygun a.k.a. “Mo” and Nadia Chikko a.k.a. “Gloves” working undercover to infiltrate and entrap activists. Once the officers successfully infiltrated a group of hard drinking, marijuana smoking protest minded men, they cajoled and used verbal challenges to their masculinity to keep them on task to make sure that incendiary devices were constructed. Once the empty police-provided beer bottles had been filled with gasoline, that one of the officers had offered to pay for, and wicks affixed, uniformed officers swooped in and made arrests.
Police in the case first sought out anarchists by hanging around at the Heartland Cafe – a Chicago restaurant, venue and gathering space founded by and popular among activists. At one time there were as many as six undercover officers, including Mehmet Uygun and Nadia Chikko, who eavesdropped on customers. The officers had been infiltrating this anarchist scene as early as early as February, 2012.
The three individuals targeted by police had chemical dependency issues and one was underage, despite this fact the officers knowingly and consistently provided alcohol to him and the other dependents. Law enforcement authorities were able to record a number of drunken boasts of militant bravado on 55 recordings that were admitted in court. Conveniently some of the more inflammatory comments the defendants are alleged to have made were said when the tape was not rolling.
This case is another example where police agencies looking to justify their huge bloated budgets have sought to create conspiracies for potential violence where none would have otherwise existed. We again see officers of the law manipulating and taking advantage of the less sophisticated and vulnerable among us. Support the NATO 3.