2600's layout and design artist, ShapeShifter, is scheduled to go on
trial in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 14. He was arrested on August 2nd during
the Republican National Convention and held on half a million dollars
ShapeShifter was doing nothing but carrying a cellular phone and walking
down a street at the time of his arrest. Yet his involvement in activism
(he hosted a panel on the subject at H2K in July) was enough to have him
targeted. He was accused of conspiracy and having a criminal tool in
the form of the cellular phone.
This was only one of many such cases. While only a handful were held on
such preposterously high bail, hundreds of others were taken off the
streets in a relentless assault by Philadelphia police. And in a move
that surely caught the authorities by surprise, the majority of defendants
opted to go to trial instead of paying a small fine. The belief is that
taking these cases to the courts will enable the facts to become public -
facts surrounding the targeting of certain individuals, the unexplained
raid and closure of a puppet warehouse, and the alleged abuses of those
who were arrested.
ShapeShifter's trial will start at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, November 14 in Room 806 at the Criminal
Justice Center on 13th and Filbert, just north of City Hall in Philadelphia.
More details on other related cases can be found at www.r2kphilly.org.