The Boston Police arrested Jade Anderson at the "Occupy Boston" site on Saturday, November 19. According to the BostonChannel.com, a witness called 911 to report that a man was assaulting a woman at the demonstration, and when the police arrived, Ms. Anderson assaulted them.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and the Boston Police reported the following: While to police were investigating the 911 call, Ms. Anderson ran at them chanting anti-police slogans and sprayed them "with spittle as she did so." She pushed one officer and when he told her to leave the area, she punched him in the face. A second officer intervened and received the same from Anderson. All three went to the ground as the police tried to arrest her.
The police charged her with one count of being a Disorderly Person and two counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. Apparently Ms. Anderson bailed out of the police station and was ordered to appear for arraignment in the Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday, November 22. She however, did not show up, and the Boston Municipal Court entered her default and issued a warrant for her arrest.
She was not hard for the Boston Police to find. The next day, they spotted her at the same site with a conspicuous new hair color - purple. During their attempt to arrest her on the warrant, she allegedly kicked one of them in the leg. Boston .com reports that when asked why she did it, she said, "Because you [expletive] deserved it." She would later apologize and explain that she "had to do what she had to do to fight the corruption."
The police transported her to the Boston Municipal Court for arraignment. The court Bail set bail at $850 and ordered her to stay away from all Occupy Boston activities in the city. There may be more to this than has been reported, or she may have just let her passion to fight the corruption get the better of her. An experienced criminal defense attorney, will surely assist her in presenting her defense.
It would appear that Ms. Anderson must now defend herself against charges from two different cases. The original charges of Disorderly Conduct and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer were all misdemeanors. Kicking the police officer, however, may have resulted in a felony charge of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (foot with shoe on it). She is 20 years old and will obviously be advised to avoid a conviction of any charge. A criminal record may have long lasting negative consequences, especially a record of a felony conviction.
In the event that this young woman has no prior record, she will likely be able to resolve the cases without incurring a criminal record. She may do this if she is willing to admit that the police have enough evidence, and ask the court not to convict her but to continue the case for a period of time and then dismiss it. If however, she has a legitimate defense, or her passion to fight the power compels her to take a stand, she may request trials.