Tuesday, March 29, 2005

New York, New York - The most serious charges against a protester stemming from last August's Republican National Convention protests was nearly resolved last week when Jamal Holiday, 20, pled guilty to beating up an undercover police detective. New York Police Department Detective William Sample rammed his scooter into a crowd of demonstrators, injuring people and crushing a woman's foot. Sample did not display his police badge, or identify himself as a police officer. He was pulled off of his scooter and punched and kicked multiple times by Holiday, sending him to a hospital with bruises and a concussion. Holiday's next court date will be on April 7, for sentencing. In a prearranged agreement Holiday will be sentenced to one year probation. Following the completion of his sentence the conviction will be changed from a felony to a misdemeanor, provided he stays "out of trouble." Despite having spent more than 7 months in jail Holiday's supports are pleased with the arrangement in light of the fact that he was facing multiple years behind bars.