However, Judge Douglass was on the bench. She had to consult with LaPorte about the case, while we waited around, only to say that LaPorte wants to dismiss the charges herself, so people have to come back for a fourteenth appearance on Monday March 18. Even after that, the DA tried to exact some revenge. Nick had obtained permission from the judge not to appear -- and was at work in the Bronx Criminal Court -- and the DA tried to get a warrant for his arrest for not showing.
At this point we do expect a dismissal on Monday, with all charges to be over in Brooklyn from the 11/1/11 protest at the 73rd Precinct. Meanwhile, protests have jumped off the last two nights in the 67th Precinct, East Flatbush, over the NYPD killing of Kimani Gray. See NY Daily News today on the case.
Monday March 18 is also the day Floyd v NYC, the class action suit against the NYPD for stop-and-frisk by the Center for Constitutional Rights, begins. It's expected to go for 5-6 weeks, and it will make a difference if people represent there for an END to stop-and-frisk. It's in Federal Court at 500 Pearl Street (east of Foley Square, just north of Chambers and all major trains.) Some of us plan to go there as soon as court is done in Brooklyn.
Wednesday March 20 is a firm trial date for Noche in The Bronx, where the DA says they're ready to try him for disorderly conduct when he observed Jeffeth James being beaten by NYPD almost a year ago in Soundview. It's really important to have a showing in court that morning. 8:45 am outside court; 9:30 am, probably in the Lower Level of 265 E 161st Street, Bronx Criminal Court.