Per Report by RiseUp4AbortionRights:
On July 30th a small demonstration of 13 protestors was held at the Riverside Historic Courthouse, where they wrote messages in chalk and washable kid’s paint – In the midst of this, they were surrounded by 20 police officers, detained with no explanation for an hour then rounded up by the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.
All the protesters were detained, arrested and held for 5 hours. One of them had to go to the hospital and then 5 of them were released, while the other 8 were thrown in jail with a 10,000 dollar bail each and held for about 18 hrs for alleged felony vandalism and felony conspiracy to commit a crime. The extremely repressive nature of of these charges in a supposed sanctuary state are meant to send a message to people who need to be standing up that you cannot protest your most basic rights being taken away -they are meant to intimidate people into submission.
WE ASK EVERYONE TO CALL THE RIVERSIDE DA’S OFFICE AT 951.955.5400 AND TELL/TWEET THEM @DA_MikeHestrin and @RivCoDA TO DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST THE #RIVERSIDE8!!