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Greenpeace activists appear in court
CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- Sources tell local 12 news Greenpeace protesters used fake ID's to breach Procter and Gamble security.
Police will only say they used "deception" to get into the buildings. Regardless of their plan, it worked and that has a lot of people scared.
Greenpeace protesters made their point Tuesday afternoon with a circus act complete with a tiger. The six men and three women surrendered peacefully to Cincinnati police and were in court Wednesday morning on burglary and vandalism charges. They're held on $50,000 bond.
A representative for Greenpeace said, "Our activists are always ready to accept the consequences of their actions. In this case a non-violent, peaceful protest to stand up for the environmental destruction that's happening in Indonesia."
Peaceful and non-violent, yes. But also a calculated and well-planned crime. Police are giving few details but say there's no indication of inside help, just some deception.
Captain Paul Broxterman of the Cincinnati Police Department said, "They knew what they were doing. And the scary thing is they were able to do it with relative ease."
Broxterman says the nine entered the first floor wearing dress clothes, split into two teams and headed to the 12th floor of each tower. They managed to haul in a truckload of luggage full of tools, work clothes, banners and rappelling gear.
"What could've happened if they'd brought bombs into this building in this luggage and everything else. What would be we be looking at today? If they had violent tendencies. If they'd been terrorists this could have been horrific what could have happened," he continued.
Broxterman, who dealt with the protesters face-to-face on the 12th floor, said they were polite and surrendered peacefully to police. In the end, they got what they wanted. The protesters did their job better than Procter and Gamble security.
"They knew what they were doing. Very well organized. They certainly accomplished what they set out to do."
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