11:28 PM

March 22 Update

Posted by Skye |

Via West Chester Unplugged:

David F. Cleveland, 48, of West Chester, entered into a 60-day summary agreement in which he would agree to plead guilty to summary charges stemming from a March 22 altercation at the weekly dueling protests Uptown. Cleveland, a member of the Chester County Peace Movement, was charged with Failure to Disperse on Official Order and Disorderly Conduct after he allegedly disobeyed direct orders from Ofc. Jason O'Neill as a fellow peacenik protester, John Meicht, was taken into custody.According to the Criminal Complaint, Cleveland "had followed (the officers) across High Street to the patrol vehicle" where Meicht was secured after being placed under arrest. Cleveland "was visibly agitated and approximately three feet away from (Ofc. O'Neill)" and was "yelling and screaming about the arrest of Meicht and waving his arm and pointing his finger."Cleveland was ordered to get away from the officers and was reportedly growing "more agitated and aggressive." Eventually, he was placed under arrest, however not before allegedly "pushing off the vehicle with his body and resisting efforts to handcuff him."Cleveland's case was continued until July 15 (15-1-01, CR-0000087-08).

Meicht, 62, of West Chester, was charged with Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest, REAP, Disorderly Conduct, and Harassment. A prelim in his case is scheduled for Friday at 15-1-04 (15-1-04, CR-0000101-08). It's not entirely clear as to why both cases were filed in different courts, though at least Meicht will be in front of a judge who is probably sympathetic to his cause

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