A rally in support of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey scheduled for June 11 will be held on a public sidewalk rather than the county courthouse grounds.
Jackie West, organizer of the “We Stand 4 Innocence Rally,” said the Manitowoc County asked for a $1,560 non-refundable fee for security, a $250 refundable security deposit, a $100 permit application fee, $1 million for bodily injury, and $250,000 for property damage.
According to the Herald Times Reporter, the $100 permit has been paid. West said the rally was shifted to the sidewalk close to the courthouse as the area is considered public property.
“No, we are not doing either as of now, but I would agree to both (the security deposit and insurance) if they waive the $1,560 fee,” West said. “I think the $250 security deposit and insurance are reasonable requests; the other is not.”
Avery previously spent 18 years in prison before DNA evidence confirmed he was not guilty of a sexual assault case. He was then convicted in 2007 for the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. His nephew Dassey was convicted for assisting his uncle in the alleged killing.
Manitowoc Police Department Assistant Chief Scott Luchterhand said that his department will be working with the sheriff’s department and will be present during the rally. “We will have people keeping an eye on the protesters, and our regular patrol will be out.”
According to West’s permit, those taking part in the rally will be present “around the courthouse and on (the) steps.” The rally will see demonstrators spreading awareness aboutBrendan Dassey’s Law, which aims to prevent police from interrogating minors without the presence of a lawyer. A change.org petition has also been filed to call for legislators to enact the law.
In January, a pro-Avery demonstration was held outside the courthouse. However, Manitowoc County Public Works Department Director Gerard Neuser said that the required permit hadn’t been applied for. While as many as 60 demonstrators participated in the rally, among which a few were counter-protestors, it was held peacefully.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the June 11 rally will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. While 110 people are interested in attending the rally, 33 have said they intend to be present. Organizers will be hosting a camp out event that will include a silent auction, barbecue and raffle.