November 30, 2016
Contact: Revolution Club Media 646 450 4701
Flagburner Joey Johnson & RNC 16 Court Hearing for Burning the American Flag at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland
Date: December 1, 2016
Time: 10 am
Place: Justice Center, 1200 Ontario St, Cleveland – Courtroom 13 D
On November 29, Donald Trump threatened: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag—if they do, there must be consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
Gregory “Joey” Johnson and others from the Revolution Club burned the American flag in Cleveland at the entrance of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016, the night Trump was nominated. Johnson and other flag-burners were violently assaulted by pro-Trump thugs associated with Alex Jones and InfoWars, and the police (the role of federal and other authorities is being sought by attorneys for Defendants). Johnson is the same Johnson in the U.S. Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson (1989) that established flag burning as protected speech. Johnson and 15 others—the RNC 16—currently face serious criminal charges in Cleveland.
On December 1, a pre-trial hearing will be held for 14 of the RNC Defendants facing criminal misdemeanor charges* The Court is expected to address the motions the RNC 16 attorneys have filed which include:
▪ Demanding all the charges be dropped against all the defendants as they were arrested for carrying out the constitutionally protected act of flag burning.
▪ Demanding that the charges against Johnson and one other defendant for “assault” against two pro-Trump operatives be dropped. A video posted on the night of July 20 where these two operatives admitted in an interview with Alex Jones that they went to the protest to attack Johnson and actually attacked Johnson, to try to stop him from carrying out the flag burning was provided by defense counsel to the prosecutor in August. Defense attorneys will address new admissions by Chief Prosecutor Kimberly Barnett-Mills on the “misplacement” of evidence in this case, which defense counsel will argue are grounds for the charges being dropped.
▪ Cleveland Police Chief Williams’s failure to turn over documents based on a subpoena served on him. Defense attorneys are seeking documents to reveal the plans and actions of the Cleveland Police Dept. (CPD) and their communications and plans made with federal agencies, including involvement of the Secret Service, FBI and ATF. The Secret Service was designated as the lead agency in charge of overall security during the RNC and was present during the July 20 action.
▪ The prosecutor’s refusal to turn over documents as to all federal, state and local agencies involved in the planning of and actions taken to prevent Johnson and others from carrying out the constitutionally protected flag burning and the role of the pro-Trump alt-right Infowars Alex Jones operatives based in part on because “Any requests for plans, strategies, tactics, methods of intelligence gatherings or briefings would fall under the non-disclosure law.” (From City of Cleveland’s Motion to Quash Chief Calvin Williams’ Subpoena Duces Tecum filed October 25, 2016).
*Two other RNC 16 defendants together are facing 5 serious felony charges and 2 misdemeanor charges before Cuyahoga County Court.
Attorneys for RNC 16 will be available to speak to the press at the Justice Center.
Joey Johnson available for interviews 646 450 4701