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Lawyers for men charged with terrorism say clients were set up

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The drama between Chicago police and protesters apparently started long before the street skirmishes over the weekend.

Lawyers for five suspects charged with terrorism and bomb-making have released a picture of a man they describe as an undercover police informant who infiltrated protest groups.

Moe and a woman named "Gloves" claimed to be anarchist cousins who showed up at an Occupy orientation eager to help out.

"We told them what Occupy Chicago was about, what we were fighting for, and they said they were interested in getting involved," Occupy Protester Kelvin Ho said.

Kris Hermes and Sarah Gelsomino of the National Lawyers Guild represent five men recently charged with attempting to build bombs or making terrorist threats. They believe all five had contact with "Moe" and "Gloves," who they say set them up.

"It's absolutely illegal to entrap or provoke individuals. And it's particularly unconscionable to target political activists just because they're trying to make the world a better place," Gelsomino said.

The lawyers have released a picture of Moe hoping to shake loose information for their defense. Police won't confirm whether Moe and gloves were undercover officers, but superintendent Garry McCarthy is incensed at the lawyer's tactics.

"I'm pretty outraged to hear that," McCarthy said. "What they're doing is they're putting police officers' lives in jeopardy right now. And I think that's pretty disgusting, quite frankly."

Former police superintendent Jody Weis says undercover informants are a legitimate law enforcement tool.

"You know exactly what's going on," Weis said. "You can let the case progress to gather as much information or intelligence as you can. And then you'll know exactly when you have to take it down."

 

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