The trial of Gus Ganley began today with opening statements from the lawyers for the city and from Gus’ defense. The prosecution then called their witnesses, all police officers, to the stand to testify as to what they saw seven months ago. Officer David Stichter (#6837), who didn’t see what happened with Gus at all, testified to the fact that officers from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department briefed the MPD officers that this particular CM would be different, which contributed to the police’s extra-aggressive and brutal behavior throughout the mass. Officer Richard Lillard (#4151) seemed to forget or completely lie about his own highly physical interactions with Gus and other riders of the Critical Mass and gave testimony that blatantly contradicted video taken of those interactions. Officer Craig Williams (#7769), Gus’ supposed arresting officer, was the final witness to take the stand for the city. Williams gave an elaborate and well-rehearsed account of his interactions with Gus, but then wasn’t able to pick himself or those interactions out in a video that shows that the only role he played in Gus’ arrest was when he tackled him to the ground.
The trial will resume on Friday, April 11th, at 9 AM. Don’t let the city and the police get away with scapegoating the remaining three people who still face charges! Supporters are welcome to attend Gus’ trial to show their solidarity as he stands up for what is right. Your donations are also EXTREMELY helpful to help cover the costs of Gus’ defense.
To enter the court room you must pass through the security checkpoint. The Hennepin County Government Center is located at 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487. The proceedings will begin at approx 9 AM in room 953 and continue throughout the day until 4:30 PM. If in doubt, ask at the information desk where to find the trial of Augustin Ganley. Visible food and drink is not allowed in the court room and all supporters will have to pass through a metal detector. While in court, supporters must remain silent and will not be allowed to carry signs through the security station; the strength of our collective presence will send the message we need to send.
Note: Gus’ full trial will most likely last into next week and you may attend as much of it as you are able. There will be no proceedings on Thursday, April 10th. If you cannot attend this important trial, please consider donating money using the button to your right.