On Friday, May 20, twelve Anonymous affiliated activists were arrested for trespassing, while protesting the senseless killing of Corey Jones by police in Palm Beach Gardens on October 8. In addition to the arrest of peaceful protesters, 2 journalists were also arrested. This protest was part of #OpAronberg, a highly supported Op which, again, points out the killing of innocent individuals. The collective has asked that the officer involved in this shooting be charged with murder rather than sending the case to the grand jury which is essentially run by the state prosecutor.
A group of protesters took their request to the courthouse in Palm Beach County and then made their way to the condo of state Prosecutor Aronberg and were there for only a few short minutes before nearly a dozen police cars converged on the group and began making arrests. Six were released after providing identification showing that they were Palm Beach residents but the rest were taken to jail. The last 6 of the arrested were initially taken to the West Palm Beach police department and then transported to the main jail in Palm Beach County where they were held for nearly 7 hours before they were released, with each being given a court date of June 14. Two journalists were also arrested that day. One was arrested for crossing the tracks with the protesters as he documented the event and the other was believed to have been arrested for trespassing on the parking lot of the condominium.
Interestingly, none were arrested for their protest but rather, they were arrested for crossing over the Tri-Rail railroad tracks which was a short walking distance from the condominium. The protesters were not trespassing on the property of the home of the prosecutor. The railroad tracks were not blocked by a fence, there were no signs stating it was illegal to cross where they crossed. It hardly appears that crossing the railroad tracks rises to the level of arresting and detaining activists for hours. So why all the hoopla over a simple crossing of railroad tracks?
One can make several assumptions or conclusions. Was this an effort to end the free speech of these protesters by way of arrest? Perhaps it was since the event began at the courthouse and ended outside of the condo of the state Prosecutor. If this is the case, the Palm Beach County Police should entertain the idea that people have the right to express their unhappiness with a broken system. If the squashing of free speech is not the reason, can the answer lie in the recent dox of the state prosecutor and the collecting of names of attendees at the protest? They were arrested and identification was demanded. Since a recently released article stated that Homeland Security would be notified regarding the release of information of the Prosecutor, was this an arranged plan to gather intel for reasons other than a simple protest and a trot across some railroad tracks? One may never know…or will we?
There will be an arraignment for all 12 activists on June 14 at 1:00pm at the Palm Beach County courthouse located at 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL. As always, we ask that you stand and show your support for these Anons. Crossing railroad tracks should not be cause to arrest and detain anyone.
The shooting of Corey Jones by a Palm Beach County Sheriff goes to the grand jury on June 30.
We are Freeanons and we will not rest until all Anons are free.