N.Y.C. Activist Makes Latest Court Appearance For Arrests Stemming From Last Year

By Hannington Dia

Well-known N.Y.C. activist Edward “Noche” Diaz (pictured left of center) of the Revolutionary Communist Party made his latest court appearance Thursday morning, answering charges stemming from arrests last August and November.

Officers first arrested Diaz during a mass Times Square demonstration August 14th against the Michael Brown shooting. He received six misdemeanor charges, including riot, obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.

A November 25th arrest for participation in protests against Darren Wilson’s non-indictment in the case brought five additional charges, including another disorderly conduct charge, unlawful assembly, and inciting to riot.

Prosecutors cut Diaz a break Thursday, dismissing his inciting to riot, resisting arrest, unlawful assembly, and the disorderly conduct charges from November; however, they added two additional charges to that case: obstructing governmental administration and a new disorderly conduct charge.

Diaz and supporters held a brief press conference outside the courthouse after the hearing, where he discussed his case in detail. He also revealed that prosecutors offered him a plea deal.

“Before they said that they were gonna drop all these charges, they offered time served if I pled to all the charges,” he revealed.

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Source:: Black America Web

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