Matthew Duran and Kteeo Olejnik are two of our “silent heroes” who endured months in jail and 60 days in solitary confinement for refusing to snitch to a grand jury investigating anarchists and Occupy activists in and around Seattle. On the 30th of April they spoke at Georgetown Law about what they endured to protect their community.
Will Potter of “Green is the New Red” moderated the discussion and Jennifer Kaplan (Kteeo’s attorney) was also present.
Matt and Kteoo were sent to solitary as retaliation for their supporters protesting outside the jail, but this backfired: they became furious and wrote long statements to the judge vowing NEVER to give in and NEVER to snitch. These statements were sucessfully used in court to argue that their detention had become punitive rather than “cooercive,” this prohibiting any further confinement for “civil contempt” and bringing about their release.