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UPDATE: WED., AUG. 14, 2013
On Monday, Aug. 12th, friends of Brian Ballentine gave his captors the ransom indicated to gain his release from their cage (aka bail). From Gail Saco who is on the ground in Vegas:
Just got word that Ballentine got bailed out because of need for his medicine that they have denied him for two days. . . They separated the two of them. Forty men in the holding pen with one toilet. Conditions are horrible. More stories also but will wait for that.
Pic taken after the arraignment of Kelly W. Patterson and Robert Knipe, who were gaoled for writing graffiti in washable chalk on the sidewalk outside of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police headquarters in down-town Las Vegas, Nevada, on the evening of Saturday, 10th August, 2013, and held in custody in two counts each of writing graffiti on public property, and conspiracy to commit a non-felony crime, that took place at the Regional Justice Center in down-town Las Vegas this morning. Mr. Knipe, the fellow at the pic’s centre, was released on bail yesterday, while Mr. Patterson continued to be held in custody, until the judge ruled that he was to be released on his own recognizance at to-day’s arraignment. As of the time of this pic’s posting, I don’t know if he’s yet been released or not, however. Their next hearing in this case comes on 9th December of this year.
They wouldn’t even let me use the phone, so I had absolutely no idea what was going on, when I was getting out, or even going to court, but since getting out I’ve been updated a little and want to thank everyone that was supporting me from the outside. . .They arrested me for drawing with chalk, but they really arrested me because they wanted to harass me so I would stop exposing Metro’s crimes.I would be more than willing to chalk right now, but apparently or [sic] lawyer has said he doesn’t want us to chalk again until after this case is resolved. Out of respect for him, we’ll be leaving chalk out of our protests (which will continue) until we’ve won this (which will happen). . .The families of the people being murdered by the cops deserve to be represented and not just halfway. And if we weren’t making an impact, they wouldn’t have gone through such effort to try to shut us down. Metro doesn’t like someone shining a spotlight on their crimes and all they know how to do in response to something they don’t like is to try and intimidate someone, which is kinda the root of their problem in the first place.
They kept me in a holding tank the whole time, so I never was even able to use a commissary.
They also never allowed me to make a PIN that you have to use in order to make phone calls. So, I was unable to contact anyone until Monday when one of the guys in there let me use his PIN to call a bailbonds company and have them look up the info on my case.
ORIGINAL POST MADE SUNDAY, AUG. 11th:
Kelly Patterson & Brian Ballentine were kidnapped last night by employees of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and are now caged at the Clark County Detention Center (702) 671-3900.
If you’d like to also call their kidnappers at LVMPD do it up: (702) 828-3231.
On Aug. 10th 2013 during a Second Saturday action, chalking the police, Sunset members Ballentine and Kelly were arrested and are now being held in CCDC on two counts of graffiti/ defacing property and two counts of conspiracy to commit non felony crime, each.
We are calling for solidarity from our comrades. Their court date is Aug. 13th. Every day until then we are asking that people go to CCDC in solidarity and demand their release. Inform the public of these injustices. Chalk is not graffiti. Chalk is not a crime! Demanding justice for the murders committed by LVMPD is not a crime! Chalk, yell, hold signs, whatever you feel most comfortable with, whenever you get the chance please go show your support. At the very least make an appearance, numbers do count. Write, call fax, demand the release of our comrades! Show our comrades they are not alone. Show LVMPD that these injustices will NOT be tolerated! Please show your support.
Number to call- (702) 671-3900
Address to write-Clark County Detention Center
330 South Casino Center
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Las Vegas Court House Fax Number-(702) 671-3175
To be clear – Patterson and Ballentine caused no victim. This is a free speech issue. The pair had been outside the headquarters of the LVMPD to participate in the monthly chalking done on the sidewalk to bring attention to the double-standards afforded to some predatory individuals who wear LVMPD badges (for example – in the history of the LVMPD not one employee has been found by internal investigations to have been in the wrong when involved in a shooting).
Yesterday when they were placed in handcuffs they had not even chalked.
Instead, an as of yet unknown LVMPD employee(s) told Patterson and Ballentine that they had arrest warrants – both were accused of two counts of “graffiti/defacing property” causing damage between $250-5000 and two counts of “conspiracy.”
Bail is set at 80,000FRNs. A lawyer is abreast of their situation.
Patterson and Ballentine are scheduled to be arraigned on Tue., Aug 13th, 8am in courtroom #5.
If you’re in the area, join them in legaland. If you’re in or out of the area, calls to their captors would be helpful. (702) 671-3900
*note that in the first video below I communicated an incorrect phone number, the best phone number to call is (702) 671-3900. If you have a moment please call to inquire about their status. Communicate to their captors that even if the accusations are true, there’s no victim and thus no crime and thus Patterson and Ballentine should be uncaged.
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