A New Hampshire activist known for organizing Black Lives Matter and Defund The Police protests has been arrested for possession of child sex abuse images, drugs, and for attempting to destroy evidence.
According to the Conway Daily Sun, Christopher DeVries, organizer of “Skate Away The Hate” events, was arrested this month and charged with six counts of possessing the lewd images of children, one count of possession of psilocybin mushrooms, and one of falsifying physical evidence after he threw his phone from his porch upon the arrival of police at his home.
DeVries, a resident of Jackson, New Hampshire, also served on the Municipal Budget Committee for the town of Conway, the National Pulse notes.
Defund Police Protest Leader Arrested For Child P-rn
Chris DeVries, 37, had 60 child sex abuse images on his cell phone, charged with 6 countshttps://t.co/DYcFTfqAPu
— An Open Secret (@AnOpenSecret) July 16, 2020
According to the Pulse, DeVries’ “Skate Away the Hate” protest took place on June 21, featuring protesters riding bikes and skateboards down Route 16 in the state.
At the protest, DeVries shouted various demands through a loudspeaker that he claimed were relayed to him by local chapters of Black Lives Matter:
“If we divest funds from police and prison systems we all benefit,” said DeVries.
“I feel like this is one of the best things I can do as a father on Father’s Day,” the father of two told the local news ahead of the event. “I want to live in a world where racism is not accepted or tolerated, and I don’t want to live in a community or know there are communities in this country where people are afraid of their local police.”
Possession of child sexual abuse images is a Class A felony in New Hampshire and each count is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine.
DeVries has pleaded not guilty.
“I can’t comment on this case specifically or Mr. DeVries as he is a charged criminal defendant pending adjudication and presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Jackson Police Chief Chris Perley told the Conway Daily Sun. “But I can say that generally speaking, people should be very cautious about listening to voices suggesting defunding of the police because their motives are not always in the best interest of society.”
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