US J20 defendants: 'Waiting is part of the punishment'
The first six people have been acquitted, but the 188 remaining Inauguration Day defendants have yet to go to trial.
Publisher: Al Jazeera
Date Written: 06/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22198
Alleged anti-fascist protestors, controversially arrested at the 2017 US presidential inauguration, await trial and or sentencing in 2018.
Two months ago, Michael Loadenthal and his three children, all under six years old, were on their way to play mini-golf when he was pulled over for speeding for the first time in several years.
Although Loadenthal said the police officer was initially courteous, he returned to the driver-side window with an aggressive demeanour and his hand on his firearm.
The officer's "very intimidating, very aggressive" behaviour caused two of the children to "flip out and start crying", he recalled.
"I assume it's the product of him [the officer] running my name [through a law enforcement database]," the 34-year-old Ohio resident told Al Jazeera.
Loadenthal is a widely-published professor of sociology and researcher who has extensively studied the government's crackdown on environmental activists and anarchists.
Much of his work has examined the US government's targeting of environmental justice activists and anarchists, particularly during a period known as the Green Scare, which was marred with invasive surveillance and sweeping arrests.