Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Green Dreamz organizers plead guilty to blocking roadways during July Columbia protest

Three members of Green Dreamz, a self-described non-profit civil rights group, pleaded guilty Monday to blocking traffic during a protest last summer in Columbia.

Carlos Jimenez Jr., 23, Alaak Deu, 22, and Justin Pitt, 20, were each fined $100 and ordered to pay prosecution costs after each pleaded guilty to a single count of obstructing a highway. They entered their pleas before Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro. 

According to the prosecutor's office, Columbia police met with Green Dreamz a week before the demonstration and told them they would be charged if they blocked public roadways. 

Members were also told that they couldn't meet in Makle Park unless they got a permit from the borough. 

The group told police at the time that they wouldn't be abiding by the directives, the district attorney's office said.



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