CHICAGO, Aug. 28 -- The Federal Protective Service arrested 11 protesters Wednesday in a demonstration at the Kluczynski Federal Building, including Chicago Seven figure David Dellinger and Andrew Hoffman, son of the late Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman. Stan Burczyk, chief of the Operations Support Branch, said 11 demonstrators came into the building to stage their protest.
'They were asked to leave the facility and they refused to do so, so they were arreseted for disorderly conduct,' Burczyk said. Spokesmen for the protesters said the demonstrators had been trying to get in to see Justice Department officials to protest the incarceration of what they called political prisoners, including the imprisonment of Leonard Peltier, a leader of the American Indian Movement. Peltier is serving two consecutive life sentences at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., for the shooting deaths of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975. He maintains he is innocent. However, the only Justice Department offices at the Kluczynski building house the Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of the Justice Department offices are across the street at the Dirksen Federal Building. In addition to Dellinger, 81, of Seattle, and Hoffman, 35, of Contoocook, N.H., those arrested were identified as: Seth B. Burton, 20, Seattle; Adam T. Cooper, 28, New York; Randall L. Kryn, 47, Madison, Wis.; William Steyert, 53, Chicago; Ronald Schupp, 36, Chicago; Steven Sato, 34, Chicago; Jeremy Scahill, 22, Wauwatosa, Wis.; Bradford Lyttle, 69, Chicago, and Barbara Peterson, 34, Baraboo, Wis. The 11 were issued citations requiring them to appear in court, probably in November, and released, said Randall Sandborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. They face a possible 30 days in jail and/or $50 fine.