She said Braceland chased Beaulieu and a scuffle broke out between police and protesters. Williams was one of the officers involved.Officer Williams' death is obviously a tragedy and I have no affection for out-of-town protesters who prioritize showboating over real grassroots organzing as a means to achieve their goals, but doesn't the DA's prosecution seem (typically)overzealous?
"This is the genesis of this event," Abraham said, adding that "the resulting punching, shoving and pushing... caused Officer Williams to suffer his cardiac event."
Williams, a 17-year veteran, was trying with other officers to prevent protesters from nearing the entrance of the Convention Center where the BIO 2005 conference was under way.
Abraham said four others were charged with resisting arrest, conspiracy and disorderly conduct. She identified them as Caroline Colesworthy, 25, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Brenton Hall, 21, of Bangor, Maine; Mark Garcia, 19, of San Antonio, Texas; and Charles M. Sherrouse, 46, of the 1400 block of Elbridge Street in Northeast Philadelphia.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Inquirer, here's why: