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Porter man charged with mob action at NATO summit protest in Chicago

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A Porter man was arrested Sunday night during the NATO summit protest after Chicago Police said that he threw bottles at officers.

Alex Cerajewski, 20, who resides in the 1300 block of South Port Cove Drive, was charged with mob action, CPD Officer Laura Kubiak told the Chesterton Tribune today.

Kubiak said that Cerajewski—dressed all in black—appears to have been affiliated with so-called “Black Bloc anarchists,” as media reports have called them, and that he was witnessed attempting to organize the infiltration of another group of protesters in the area of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In any case, Kubiak said, Cerajewski threw two bottles—what kind is unspecified—directly at Chicago Police officers at the scene.

On Tuesday bond was set for Cerajewski at $50,000 in Cook County Court, Kubiak said.

Illinois Statue defines mob action as the knowing or reckless use of force or violence which disturbs the public peace by two or more persons acting together and without authority of the law; and the knowing assembly of two or more persons with the intent to commit or facilitate the commission of a felony or misdemeanor.

Mob law is a Class IV felony punishable by a term of one to three years.



Posted 5/24/2012