Activists spread photos of undercovers by Internet
by FRANK MAIN AND RUMMANA HUSSAIN Staff Reporters May 22, 2012 5:44PM
Updated: July 2, 2012 9:44AM
Occupy Chicago activists on Tuesday disseminated over the Internet photos of a man and woman — nicknamed “Mo” and “Gloves” — who they believe are the officers or informants whose undercover work led to the arrests of NATO Summit protesters on bomb charges.
The Chicago Police Department won’t confirm or deny whether the man and woman are cops or snitches — but police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the release of the pictures unethical and “personally disgusting.”
“I have never seen it done before,” McCarthy said.
Undercover officers infiltrated a group of activists living in a Bridgeport apartment before the NATO Summit, sources said. Three of the out-of-town men living in that apartment were charged Saturday on state terrorism charges for allegedly building gasoline bombs.
The trio intended to lob the Molotov cocktails at the Obama campaign headquarters downtown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home, police stations and cop cars, prosecutors alleged.
Two Chicago men were charged Sunday in other alleged bomb plots. One sought materials to make a pipe bomb and another threatened to blow up a railroad overpass, Cook County prosecutors said.
All five suspects knew one another, although the three cases are unrelated, sources said.
Representatives of Occupy Chicago and the National Lawyers Guild say they believe “Mo” and “Gloves” infiltrated activist groups before the NATO Summit and egged on the five suspects to commit crimes.
The bomb cases are reminiscent of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis in 2008 when an admitted FBI informant, Brandon Darby, infiltrated a group of protesters, two of whom later pleaded guilty to making gasoline bombs they planned to throw at police cars.
The men acknowledged in court that Darby didn’t entrap them into making the bombs.
Still, Occupy Chicago spokeswoman Rachael Perrotta condemned the use of snitches like Darby.
She said she befriended “Mo” and “Gloves” — hugging them and having lunch with them — only to learn they’re the ones believed responsible for putting NATO Summit demonstrators in jail. Perrotta said she met the two in April at protests over the closing of a mental health center in Woodlawn. They vanished after the three gasoline-bomb suspects were arrested May 16, she said.
Perrotta said she doesn’t want anyone to target “Mo” and “Gloves” with violence, but she does want to make sure out-of-town protesters who met them know they were probably talking to infiltrators.
“Mo” and “Gloves” even obtained a housing list to learn where out-of-town activists were staying, said Sarah Gelsomino, an attorney for the National Lawyers Guild.
“We’re just really concerned that someone else may have said something that will cause them legal trouble,” Perrotta said. “They need to get in touch with a lawyer right away.”