Rylea is a trans anti-fascist activist who is being targeted by both local and federal law enforcement for political speech. The Rochester Police Department arrested Rylea in September while she was attending a protest. Video evidence conclusively showed that RPD lied about Rylea's actions and the charges were quickly dropped. However, as a result of this, RPD started surveilling Rylea's social media. This illegal surveillance led to the FBI investigating and the DOJ charging Rylea with a violation of the anti-riot act after Rylea shared a publicly available article on Facebook about how to make a Molotov cocktail. Now Rylea is facing up to 5 years of incarceration for posting a publicly visible article from the internet.
The prosecution has been very stressful for Rylea. She is facing up to 5 years of incarceration with up to 3 years conditional release, and a possible $200,000 fine in prison if she decides to take the case to trial. A plea deal would mean less time in prison but a felony record that would follow her the rest of her life. It’s an impossible situation for someone who did nothing wrong and is at the mercy of the DOJ. Rylea has essentially been on house arrest since September. She is living with a curfew, travel restrictions and random drug screenings. This has taken away her ability to participate in protests and live her life freely. She also has to go to a court where prosecutors and court officials use her dead name. The whole ordeal has been extremely stressful and Rylea can use the support.
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