Arson charges against prominent Philadelphia activist draw swift rebuke from protest movement

PHILADELPHIA — A federal indictment charging a prominent West Philadelphia activist and two others with setting police cars on fire during racial injustice protests this spring were unsealed Thursday, drawing a swift response from protesters and lawyers who questioned the nature and timing of their arrests.The filing, though sparse on details, alleges Anthony Smith — a social studies teacher and one of the lead organizers of the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial and Economic Legal Justice (Philly for REAL Justice) — was involved in burning a police vehicle during demonstrations outside City Ha…

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