Anarchist Ariel Attack pleads guilty to Democratic Party Denver vandalism
Transgender anarchist Ariel Attack pleaded guilty today to smashing eleven storefront-style windows at the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in August. She pleaded to a second-degree misdemeanor, will be placed on one year probation and pay $5,000. In the wake of the politically charged dramatic act of vandalism, Attack faced felony charges of criminal mischief. Attack smashed the windows with an accomplice at 2:30 in the morning August 25 and was apprehended on her bicycle after a brief chase. The accomplice was never caught and remains unnamed in public records.
The morning after the incident, Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak estimated damage at $10,000. She also originally blamed conservative opponents to Democratic-sponsored health care reform for the vandalism, pointing out that windows were smashed in front of health care posters. She walked back that speculation when Attack’s birth name, Maurice Schwenkler, appeared on a campaign finance document showing she’d been paid last November by a Democratic-leaning get-out-the-vote organization.
Conservatives decried the accusations as inflammatory and demanded Waak apologize.
Attack, listed as an “occasional contributor” to the Queers Against Obama blog, wrote a post earlier last summer blasting the President, saying “the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has nothing to do with gay rights, but rather is a plan to fill the US military with more queer bodies.”