January 8th, 2009
11:51 AM ET
14 years ago

Man pleads guilty in RNC protest case

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) – One of two men charged with disrupting the Republican National Convention in early September has pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aiding and abetting possession of an unregistered firearm.

Bradley Crowder of Austin, Texas, has been in custody in Minnesota since being indicted September 22.

An FBI affidavit alleges that Crowder and David McKay bought supplies necessary for building Molotov cocktails at a store in St. Paul, Minnesota, the location of last year’s convention. It goes on to allege the two men were overheard by law enforcement officers plotting to throw the handmade explosives into a parking lot patrolled by U.S. Secret Service and military personnel.

Crowder’s sentencing date has not yet been set. The jury trial for McKay is scheduled to commence January 26.

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  1. the truth

    CNN how come you are not posting anything about the Coward Israelis killing the innocent kids in Gaza how come you are not saying anything about that ? or are you too scared because the media is owned by the jews? shame on Israel the whole world sees their true coward colors

    January 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. hitobito

    Put these criminals in jail and throw the key away! (signed: a Liberal)

    January 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Michael, Houston Texas

    Good lock both of those nutcases up. People, I know we tend to disagree on politics and that's okay but it does not give you the right to harm people, no matter who they are. Grab you cardboards and sticks and walk in circles endlessly till you wear the rubber of your shoes, yell stupid slogans but do not try to harm people.

    January 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Haha

    Woohoo. ATX represent!

    January 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Proud American

    This guy should have been given a parade. Thank You Mr. American.

    January 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. 1/20/13

    To The Truth

    You mean the coward palestinians that like to blow themselves up for fun in crowded markets and kill innocent civilians, maybe the ones that store weapons in hospitals , schools and places of worship. My favorite coward palestinian are the ones that hide behind woman and children while in a fire fight.

    when have muslims ever cared about or respected woman other then when it benefits them.

    January 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Amber

    the truth:

    If Israel was really trying to eliminate the Palestinians, how come there are exponentially more Palestinians in Israel than in 1947?

    If Hamas is so intent on firing rockets and giving no quarter Israeli citizens, then how is Israel the bad guy when they give Palestinian citizens partial quarter by allowing humanitarian aide into Gaza?

    And last I checked, Turner, Gates and Murdoch were not Jewish surnames. Enough with this "jewish-I-mean-liberal-I-mean-jewish-I-mean-liberal media" crap! Your perception is the real lie.

    January 8, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. shoegazer

    jeez,next i guess we can expect articles about shoplifters and people who park in handicap spaces.......

    January 8, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Objective thinking

    Pathetic anti-Republican idiots. People need to learn to quit being so partisan.

    January 8, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Newport News, VA

    CNN has not posted any of my last 10 posts. More power to you. I'm sure MSNBC wouldn't mind another liberal blogging on their page.

    January 8, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. CanIcallyouJoe

    I really don't think they were anti-republican really – more anti-fascist than anything. It just so happens that the RNC is currently staffed by fascists.

    No, but seriously, you can protect yourself better from the RNC/GOP idiots by educating yourself on your rights* and whatever else they are up to more than brandishing firearms. Violence begets violence.

    (* if you can somehow get around the patriot act)

    January 8, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Matt

    @ the truth

    It's not that the media is owned by the jews, it's that the media only likes to do what is popular because that's what gets viewers/readers/clickers and helps them justify what they charge the advertising companies for commercial time and space on the website.

    January 8, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. JJ

    ShoeGazer –
    What the heck is that matter with you? You think shoplifting and parking in handicap spaces is the same thing as protesters planning to use explosives? I don't care what your politics are, thats absolutely horrible.

    January 8, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. tired of corporate politics

    Compare this what the article would have been if a protester at a DNC Obama rally had shown up with an unregistered firearm or had discussed explosives.

    OMG, it would have been a racist conspiracy of worldwide proportions involving the end of civilization as we know it! And the Obama media people would have worked it for weeks! There would have calls for public discussion and rending of garments.

    (for the kids blogging from their parents basement who use words like "jeez" – that is called "sarcasm" – you should look it up.)

    January 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. GET REAL.

    Objective thinking January 8th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

    Pathetic anti-Republican idiots. People need to learn to quit being so partisan.

    How was that objective? Seems like you could increase your worth to the world if you did more of what your screen name implies.

    January 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Objective thinking January 8th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

    Pathetic anti-Republican idiots. People need to learn to quit being so partisan.
    Wow what a Idiot, who could possibly be more partisan and stupid than you? Isn't there an airport restroom you could be hanging around in?

    January 8, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. HouseDiva

    I thought that hurricane Gustav was the reason for the interruotiopn of the RNC.

    January 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Steve

    They should have just thrown shoes at the people behind the podium.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    No worries repubs, he was only showing his support for the right to bear arms!

    Why did you have him arrested?

    January 8, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Tony

    Stupid hippies. Give 'em the chair!

    January 8, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. sound8

    "The Truth" states it correctly, how can we stand by and let this happen over and over. If we stopped just one month of support money from us Israel would come to a standstill. I wish Israel would rise above their hate and really try to work things out. The other side is just fighting for a place to legally call home. Both sides are wrong for using violence to answer each others differences. War and the civilian deaths are just part of not being strong enough to talk things out and work out solutions. This has been going on far to long and it is time for some level headed leaders to come to the forefront and get this finally worked out so that all can live in peace in that area of the world. A big order indeed and I guess both sides are to hardheaded to even consider that. It is time they try to sort this all out and play fair with each other.

    January 8, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Roy

    Extremists from both parties need to be curtailed........extremism in any form should not be tolerated. Peaceful protests are ok but violence only makes us like a third-world country. And...after the last 8 years let's all be better than the war-mongers we are now thought of as in this country.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Matt in VA

    Shoegazer, just keep gazing at your feet. I guess if a story about anarchists looking to throw Molotov cocktails isn't news worthy, then perhaps you should seek a friendship with Bill Ayres, you two seem to have a lot in common.

    January 8, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. 52 Million did not want Obama

    not even close to 82% but I've never know a lib to tell the truth

    January 8, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. richard

    GO Israel – kill all the terrorest and who ever they hide behind.

    January 8, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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