LEARN­ING AC­TIV­ITY

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Front Page - By Lacre­tia Wim­b­ley

Amanda Casey and her daugh­ter Cor­gan, 7, of McKees Rocks, set up a ta­ble for Cor­gan’s school­work at the cor­ner of First Street and Mu­nic­i­pal Courts Drive, Down­town, on Fri­day. They trav­eled to Pitts­burgh to sup­port ac­tivist Shawn Green. Also known as Lorenzo Rulli, Mr. Green was in court on charges re­lated to six protests. More cov­er­age of Mr. Green’s hear­ing in­side,

A Pitts­burgh ac­tivist will stand trial on charges filed against him in con­nec­tion with six protests be­tween May and Septem­ber in var­i­ous parts of the city.

Shawn Green, 24, faced six sep­a­rate pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings Fri­day morn­ing be­fore District Judge Dan But­ler in City Court, Down­town.

Mr. Green, who also goes by the name Lorenzo Rulli, faces these counts:

• Con­spir­acy to com­mit robbery, ri­ot­ing, fail­ure to dis­perse and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment fol­low­ing May 30 protests in Down­town Pitts­burgh, where a marked po­lice cruiser was set on fire and KDKA- TV cam­era­man Ian Smith was in­jured by demon­stra­tors.

• Fail­ure to dis­perse, ha­rass­ment, con­spir­acy- false im­pris­on­ment, con­spir­acy- crim­i­nal mis­chief and ri­ot­ing, as a re­sult of protests June 1 in East Lib­erty.

• Ha­rass­ment, con­spir­acy and false im­pris­on­ment as a re­sult of a protest June 24 at 941 Sa­loon on Lib­erty Av­enue, where ac­tivists al­leged that the bar/ club had in­sti­tuted a racist dress code.

• Fail­ure to com­ply with po­lice, dis­or­derly con­duct, ob­struc­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tion of law and dis­or­derly con­duct fol­low­ing an

Aug. 21 in­ci­dent in which po­lice say Mr. Green re­peat-edly drove near Pitts­burgh Mayor Bill Pe­duto’s homein Point Breeze, yelling ob-scen­i­ties at neigh­bors and call­ing for the de­fund­ing of po­lice.

• Ob­struc­tion of the ad-min­is­tra­tion of law and dis­or­derly con­duct fol­low-ing a Sept. 2 “Free­dom, Jus­tice and Eq­uity Wed-nes­days” protest in Mar­ket Square, where po­lice say Mr. Green “waved his arms” and at­tempted to stop po­lice from reach­ing a fel­low of­fi­cer.

• Dis­or­derly con­duct, crim­i­nal mis­chief and ha-rass­ment as a re­sult of aprotest Sept. 5 dur­ing which po­lice say Mr. Green par­tic­i­pated with oth­ers in shout­ing pro­fan­i­ties at din-ers at Si­enna Mer­cato on Penn Av­enue. Po­lice say Mr. Green also broke a drink­ing glass in the inci-dent, which was cap­tured on cell­phone video and widely dis­trib­uted. Monique “Nique” Craft, 35,of the South Side, and Ken-neth Mc­Dow­ell, 33, of the North Side, also were charged with mul­ti­ple mis-de­meanors and sum­mary of­fenses in the in­ci­dent.

Judge But­ler also told him to re­turn to court in 60days with proof of a men­tal­health eval­u­a­tion and com-pli­ance with a treat­ment pro­gram.

Mr. Green’s at­tor­ney, Lisa Mid­dle­man, said someof the sum­mary of­fenses against him were “ridicu-lous.” She said dur­ing a few ofthe protests, Mr. Green canbe seen on videos try­ing to stop vi­o­lence rather that in-cite it.She ac­knowl­edged that some of Mr. Green’s be­hav-ior was un­war­ranted, but said “that doesn’t mean you should just stack a bunch of sum­mary charges against him.” Mr. Green is con­sid-ered home­less, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Pros­e­cu­tor Grant Ol­son called sev­eral wit­nesses, in-clud­ing Pitts­burgh Detec-tive Francesco Rosato —who tes­ti­fied the most across all six hear­ings — KDKA-TV cam­era­man Ian M. Smith, Pitts­burgh Po­lice Of­fi­cer Alexa Si­weckyj, and other of­fi­cers and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials. All tes­ti­fied that they wit­nessed, ei­ther in per­son or on video, what one called Mr. Green’s “defiant” be­hav­ior.

A trial date had not been set, Ms. Mid­dle­man said.

In ad­di­tion to Mr. Green, sev­eral oth­ers have been charged with in­cit­ing vi­o­lence or de­struc­tion dur­ing var­i­ous protests in re­cent months. Cameron Guetta, Da’jon Lengyel, Robert Red­man, Sha­heed Hatch and Khalena Con­nolly-Wack were also charged in May 30 protests Down­town, and po­lice say they were in­volved in the dam­ag­ing or burn­ing of the po­lice vehicle.

Since May 30, de­tec­tives have been re­view­ing video footage from city cam­eras and so­cial me­dia out­lets of “the ri­ot­ing, loot­ing, and van­dal­ism” that took place in Down­town, ac­cord­ing to crim­i­nal com­plaints. City po­lice say they also have re­ceived “mul­ti­ple tips” on iden­ti­fy­ing in­di­vid­u­als that par­tic­i­pated in the in­ci­dents.

Brian Jor­dan Bar­tels, 20, also pleaded guilty to ob­struct­ing law en­force­ment dur­ing civil dis­or­der in con­nec­tion with the May 30 protest, ac­cord­ing to the United States At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for the West­ern District of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Pam Pan­chak/ Post- Gazette

Pam Pan­chak/ Post- Gazette

Sup­port­ers of Black Lives Mat­ter ac­tivists Lorenzo Rulli and Nique Craft protest the charges against the two out­side the Mu­nic­i­pal Court Build­ing on Fri­day. Rulli, known by his le­gal name Shawn Green, was in court for charges re­lated to six Down­town protests.

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