Occupy SF ‘heroes,’ 2 others to stand trial for connection in building take over 

Time to occupy the courtroom.

Four protesters, including two well-known members of the Occupy San Francisco movement, will soon face a jury trial in connection with two takeovers of a Tenderloin building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Transients Nick Shaw, 32, aka “Pantsless Nick,” and Stephen Clift, 44, who goes by the name “Pirate Mike,” are each facing two counts of misdemeanor trespassing for allegedly squatting in the building at 888 Turk St.

Amber Hill, 26, of Oakland, and Julia Braun, 26, of San Francisco, also face charges, prosecutors said.

On Tuesday, a trial date for all four was scheduled for May 25.

The foursome also face a second charge for trespassing on the property April 2, prosecutors said.

Occupy members have chided police for arresting Shaw and Clift, whom they call “heroes.” Supporters said Pirate Mike tried to protect the crowd from a protester who hurled a brick that day. Shaw recently helped cops bust a suspect in a stabbing at a protest site at 101 Market St.

The alleged brick thrower, 34-year-old Jesse Nesbitt, is facing felony charges and is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference Monday, prosecutors said.

The four protesters were arrested in connection of a Tenderloin building they dubbed "SF Commune."
maldax@sfexaminer.com

 

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