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(news) Nassau County D.A. Dismisses Charges Against Hempstead 15, Civil Case and Veteran’s Redeployment Fight Continues

December 2, 2008

Stephen DohnbergOperation Itch Contributor

We continue with some good news in a story we broke internationally: Nassau County D.A. has dismissed their ‘Disorderly Conduct’ Charges against the Hemsptead 15. While their civil case still makes its way through the courts. Sgt Chiroux still faces prosecution for his refusal to redeploy and that case continues to develop as well.

 Reporter Stephen Dohnberg and Sgt. Chiroux, along with other Iraq Vets Against the War members, will be guests on CFRB 1010’s ‘Sunday Nights With Liana and Steven Kerzner’ on Sun. Dec.7, 8PM-9PM and will take calls. 

Hempstead, NY – Although a final hearing date has yet to be finalized, an “ACD” (Adjournment to Contemplate Dismissal) has been declared by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

Sgt. Chiroux

Sgt. Matthis Chiroux, IVAW

In a surprising change of heart, Sgt. Matthis Chiroux, in a press release, stated that “they have agreed to consolidate all of our court cases on one date (TBD) so that we and our supporters may be seen and heard together as we prepare to move forward now to federal court where our lawyer, Jonathan Moore is filing a civil case on behalf of Nick Morgan and others. The organizers behind the Hempstead 15 credit independent and citizen media, and bloggers, for their success in this case, noting that no mainstream media were covering the event and proceedings.

 The Hempstead 15, supporting Sgt Nick Morgan, still intend to go forward with their civil case against the Nassau County Police Dept. for injuries that Morgan allegedly received from a police horse and reckless crowd control tactics. Morgan required reconstructive surgery from his injuries. Because of the injuries to his skull, a titanium plate was placed in his cheek.

 Stills of the video from the Oct 15 protest at the McCain-Obama Debate at Hofstra University show that Morgan was underneath the path of a police horse. The horse was flanking the protestors from behind, after being knocked down by police in front of them. It also reveals that NCPD refused immediate first aid treatment of Morgan, and that he was dragged from where he fell to a police van. He was in an unconscious state.

 NCPD Police still question the cause of Morgan’s injuries.

Sgt Chiroux, however, does face another legal and Constitutional battle. In May of 2008 he declared his intention to fight his redeployment – this time to Iraq – and since the events at Hofstra, Chiroux had been sent a notification that the U.S. Army plans to prosecute him for his refusal. He has already served in Afghanistan, the Philippines, and several other countries.

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