For Immediate Release: Chase Bank Occupiers: Not Guilty. “A Huge Victory”

15 Mar

We received the following press release from the Chase 5.

Almost all the Chase 5 and many supporters minutes after the verdict was announced.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chase Bank Occupiers: Not Guilty. “A Huge Victory”


The defendants Danielle Simmons, Liam Wright, Sarah Svobodny, Hudson Williams-Eynon, Michael Stevens and their lawyers Braden Price and David Hancock, are available for interview.

Contact for the defendants:

Braden Pence (Lawyer) – 206.551.1516,

David Hancock (Lawyer) – 206.422.0848,

Thursday, March 15th, five occupiers who shut down a Chase Bank in the city of Seattle on November 2nd of 2011 heard their verdict: Not Guilty. When the unanimous decision by the jury of six was announced today the shock, and elation, of the five occupiers and their supporters swept the room. “This sets a totally new precedent,” said one young woman.

The verdict was read at 4:15 of the third day of trial, having come after days of argument, examination of witnesses and cross examination. The City, having brought the charges, put the manager of the Chase Bank branch on the stand as well as three members of the Seattle Police Department. One had been working as private security for Chase Bank that day while wearing a police uniform.

Danielle Simmons, one of the defendants, after trial said, “I am in shock. The jury decided that our actions were justified and whether this is because they thought it was somehow lawful or just the right thing to do, something is changing, and I think it’s beautiful.”

On the day of November 2nd the five, now innocent occupiers, chained themselves together inside of the Chase bank using what is commonly known as a “lockbox.” When a march of about 200 arrived the branch was finally locked down and customers were informed that they should leave. The branch remained closed for the rest of the day.

This is a huge victory for the Occupy Movement,” added Liam Wright, another defendant. “Every step of the way this bank occupation and the follow up has been more successful than we could have ever hoped for. We wanted to make clear to everyone that we don’t want a world defined by banks, we don’t want to live under them. We want to be human beings living together, free from the dead weight of financial profiteering.”

Liam Wright concluded, “They act like we will live under the rule of banks and money forever. But they can’t stop us. They can’t jail us.”

One of the occupiers, Michael Stevens said, “Right now the American political and corporate establishment is headed for another election. If anything, candidates might disagree about how much they want to limit birth control or how long the military should put off bombing Iran. This is so horrifying it’s ludicrous. Meanwhile, we are determined to end the rule of banks and billionaires — over us and over this whole planet. This doesn’t even appear on the radar of ‘official politics,’ yet millions agree with us.”


9 Responses to “For Immediate Release: Chase Bank Occupiers: Not Guilty. “A Huge Victory””

  1. Booth McKeown March 16, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Juries and judges seem to have more respect for the Constitution and our rights than do police. OCCUPY

    • backstreetpoet (@backstreetpoet) March 16, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      Laws are not just to prevent and punish offenders, but to also protect the rights and freedoms of the people….backstreetpoet

  2. Carol Isaac, OS March 16, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    We learned. Our peers, the jury, even as determined by the rules of the judicial system, are with us. The Great Awakening of the nation we need to precede change winked at us this week. This is historic. This decision’s very absence in the corporate media is in inverse proportion to the magnitude of its meaning to the system. A news blackout the best it can do in the face of that decision. The power of the state failed.

  3. JJrC March 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on JJrConnect.

  4. wiseold snail (@wiseoldsnail) March 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    hi folks. i’ve just sent you email. i republished this at

    looking forward to more wins for the people! thanks to all of you.

  5. Rob G April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Chase is anything but freedom. Breaking up all monopolies (Banks, Insurance Companies) should be job 1 for a Country pretending to be a Democracy and exporting that lie. After the fiasco of our Government (Bush-Corps — actual corporations running and ruining America since Kennedy’s murder) the 99.7% want to take back our Country now!!! Remove Injustice Roberts and Scalia now.


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