Bailey Lamon was just settling in to watch a movie with her boyfriend when they were disturbed by a knock at the door. Bailey went to open it and was confronted by ten police officers, one with a gun out. The cops placed her and her boyfriend under arrest, citing only the non-descript charges of “mischief” and “conspiracy.”
The next day, it was revealed that the “mischief” in question was in fact an act of vandalism. Bailey and her roommate, members of a media collective that had grown out of the occupy movement, had painted a brick; black, with red text saying, “I’m not just another brick in the wall.”
The judge reduced their release conditions to, in Bailey’s words “no markers, no spray paint”. In the end, they wouldn’t be convicted or get criminal records – instead, they performed court-ordered “restitution”, specifically, they helped out at the same Food not Bombs table they had previously volunteered at.