Six Occupy DC members found guilty of unlawful entry into historic building

Six members of Occupy DC were found guilty on July 12th of unlawful entry for breaking into a historic building in downtown Washington that was once used as a homeless shelter.

In November, the occupiers broke into the Franklin School at 13th and K  Streets.  They wore bandanas over their faces as they dropped the banner from the top of the school about 3 p.m. It read “Public Property Under Community Control.”   They were allegedly protesting the city’s decision to stop using the building as a homeless shelter.  The building which opened in 1869, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The protesters said they had enough food and other provisions to stay “indefinitely” but police and firefighters broke into a back door about 5:30 p.m. Protesters formed a human chain in an adjacent alley in hopes of preventing other rescue workers from entering the historic structure. But occupiers were successfully removed.

After a trial and conviction, the six convicted were sentenced to five days in jail, however the judge suspended the jail time.

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