Three Men Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism, Held on $1.5 Million Bail

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Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(CHICAGO) — Three men who were arrested in a Bridgeport, Il. apartment raid days before the NATO summit have been charged with conspiring to commit terrorism, providing material support for terrorism and possession of an explosive or indendiary device, The Chicago Tribune reports.

Prosecutors have accused 20-year-old Brian Church, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 24-year-old Jared Chase, of Keene, N.H. and 24-year-old Brent Vincent Betterly, of Oakland Park, Fla., of plotting to use “indendiary devices” to hit President Obama’s headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house and police stations, the paper says.

The National Lawyers Guild is representing the trio, and says that they are mere NATO protesters who had beer-brewing equipment when the apartment they were staying at was raided Wednesday night.

The men were also stopped in a car last week by Chicago Police. A YouTube video, which captured audio of the incident, has led protesters to accuse the officers of harassment.

All three men are being held on $1.5 million bail.

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