Anti-NATO activist gets probation, community service for attacking cop
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter February 13, 2014 4:58PM
Updated: February 13, 2014 5:12PM
An anti-NATO activist was sentenced to two years probation and 20 hours of community service Thursday after he admitted he attacked a Chicago Police officer at a rally during the 2012 international summit.
Raziel Azuara, 26, was originally charged with misdemeanor battery and two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer.
He pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor battery in a plea agreement reached with Cook County prosecutors, according to court records.
During the protests here two years ago, Azuara was accused of pushing against officers in the crowd and hitting a helmet wearing cop in the head with a light bulb filled with red paint in the 2200 block of South Michigan.
Azuara, of the 2400 block of West 45th Street, has three prior misdemeanor arrests relating to “tagging.”
In 2008, he defaced a CTA window, writing: “We kill cops.”
Just last week, three out-of-town protesters were found guilty of mob action and possession of an incendiary device to commit arson in days leading up to the NATO conference.
Jurors, however, acquitted, Brian Church, 22, Brent Betterly, 25, and Jared Chase, 29, of more serious terrorism-related charges.