David McKay (activist)
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David McKay is an activist and artist known for his attempted protest of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis and subsequent imprisonment based in part on testimony of FBI informant Brandon Darby.
In 2008, McKay and several friends constructed several improvised shields and planned to travel to the convention and use them to block traffic, shield themselves from tear gas and bean bag guns, and in general to disrupt the convention. After they traveled to Minneapolis for the gathering, their shields were stolen from a U-Haul trailer. FBI informant Brandon Darby and the group of 8 protestors, including Bradley Crowder then constructed several firebombs, which McKay alleged was entrapment by Darby. The house where they were staying was raided, the bombs seized, and the group arrested. Darby publicly revealed his role as an informant and testified against the protestors.
Crowder entered a plea deal of two years.
McKay went to trial. McKay got a hung jury of split 6-6, and was released pending retrial. The day before retrial, McKay tried to take a plea deal of two years imprisonment, where he also had to reverse his original statement that he had been "entrapped" by Brandon Darby. However, on May 21, 2009, U.S. Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced McKay to four years in prison, citing an "obstruction of justice" sentencing enhancement and that McKay had not fully accepted responsibility for McKay's actions.
Film Is Skeptical About Domestic Efforts on Terrorism by Brian Stelter, New York Times, September 4, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/arts/television/better-this-world-on-pov-examines-use-of-informants.html?_r=0
- "Better This World Character Bios - David McKay", a section of the website for PBS's P.O.V. documentary
- "Better This World", a documentary from PBS's long-running series P.O.V.
- DavidMcKayArt.com, features artwork made during his 4-year incarceration
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