Sunday, November 2, 2008

IVAW Protest Update:Nick Morgan Undergoes Surgery and First Court Date Set

Recently released photographs and video from the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) protest outside the final presidential debate in Hempstead, NY on Oct. 15 clearly shows IVAW member Nick Morgan getting trampled on by Nassau County police on horseback, according to Emily Forman of I-Witness Video.

The images have emerged less than two weeks before the “Hempstead 15″ — the group of 10 Iraq War veterans and 5 civilians who were arrested at the debate– are due to show up for their first court date in Nassau County on Nov. 10.

Members of the “Hempstead 15″ are calling for supporters to show their support by packing the courthouse at 8 AM, located at 99 Main St. in Hempstead. They are facing charges of “disorderly conduct” and “failure to obey a lawful order.”

I-Witness Video is a group dedicated to using video to protect protestors’ civil liberties. In an email message to the Indypendent, Forman writes, “The video is extremely disturbing and clearly shows Iraq War Veteran Nick Morgan at the moment when his head was crushed to the sidewalk under a police horse. This story has been completely ignored in the media. He was legally, peacefully … standing on the sidewalk when the event occurred.”
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