Copy of Affidavit Used in RNC-WC Raids
Attached is a copy of the search warrant affidavit enabling the RNC Welcoming Committee raids. The affidavit was released to the press before it was released to the defendants' lawyers.
The document is shocking as it details the extent to which the state has resorted over the past months to disrupt an organization that has not itself partaken in planning for actions, but has been clear from its formation about serving a facilitation role only. It attributes alleged action planning by organizers with the RNC Welcoming Committee to the entire Welcoming Committee itself. It details informant activity, and singles out the individuals arrested in last week's raids as "leaders" of an organization that operates by consensus.
Clearly, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department is the "criminal enterprise organization."