September 18, 2021

Protester charged with damaging vehicle of lawyer for ex-cop charged in George Floyd case

A 24-year-old has been charged with a felony after a group of angry protesters damaged the vehicle of a lawyer for a fired Minneapolis police officer implicated in the death of George Floyd.

Edith N. Okerlund, 24, of St. Paul, appeared in Hennepin County District Court on Friday on charges of first-degree property damage, a felony, and gross-misdemeanor riot in connection with attorney Thomas Plunkett’s allegations that demonstrators threatened him, client J. Alexander Kueng, co-defendant Thomas Lane and another defense lawyer as they left the courthouse after a hearing last month.

Plunkett wrote in a memo filed in court on Oct. 1 that the encounter further supports the defense’s call for the four former officers’ trials to be moved out of Hennepin County.

Okerlund was arrested and jailed Wednesday, then released two days later. Messages were left for her Sunday seeking comment.

Defense attorney Jordan Kushner said Sunday that Okerlund

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Protester speaks out after Seattle Police officer rolls bicycle over his head

“Trumpet Man,” a regular at Seattle protests, posted a video on social media after the incident that hit national news.

SEATTLE — Days after a Seattle Police Officer was caught on camera appearing to drag a bike over the head of a protester lying on the ground, that protester spoke out on social media.

The protester is known as “Trumpet Man,” a regular at Seattle’s racial justice and defund the police protests over the last several months.

“They didn’t know why I was on the ground. I could have been hurt or mentally ill or whatever,” he said.

Trumpet Man was identified by activists and journalists at the scene of the Wednesday night protest, which occurred after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, declined to charge police officers for killing Breonna Taylor.

The man’s video statement was posted this week to two separate social media accounts: activist Joey Wieser’s Facebook

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