The three men were identified by police and their attorneys as Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, New Hampshire; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fl…
Chase’s uncle, Michael Chase, said Saturday that his nephew had drove up to Chicago from Miami in late April with Church and other protesters who had been taking part in the Occupy movement there. He said Chase had had a job at a restaurant in Boston, but quit to take part in that movement there, before traveling to Rhode Island, Washington D.C. and Miami to live in tents and take part in Occupy.
He said he believed Chase had been arrested before for minor civil disobedience, but nothing this serious.
“He told me he was going to be protesting,” said Michael Chase, of New Hampshire. “He gets a little carried away and does a little elbow bumping with police but certainly nothing like you’re describing.