The National Lawyers Guild is demanding answers after police raided a Bridgeport home Wednesday looking for Molotov cocktails – a stash the group of protestors say was a home beer brewing operation.
Up to 12 people were detained following the raid, including Darrin Ammussek of Philadelphia, who claimed he was shackled for 18 hours.
“We were handcuffed to a bench and our legs were shackled together. We were not told what was happening,” Ammussek said. “I believe very strongly in non-violence, and if I had seen anything that even resembled any plans or anything like that, we wouldn’t have been there.”
Five people were still being held Friday, and the National Lawyers Guild is threatening legal action if they are not released or charged by Friday night.
“They came in with guns drawn and broke into a unit that was not housing protestors in order to get into another unit in the building that was housing protestors,” said Kris Hermes of the NLG.
Police superintendent Garry McCarthy would not discuss the incident Friday.
“We’re not going to talk about it, it’s an ongoing investigation that is not completed, we are not going to talk about it,” McCarthy said.
National Lawyers Guild representatives are seeking a copy of the search warrant affidavit used in the raid.