Village Voice 'View' Thadeaus Umpster aka Dennis Burke: He is proud of the Free Store; that's clear enough in the way he surveys it. He has helped run it since January 2005, when it was still located on Grand Street (a later location on Walworth Street burned down in a suspicious fire in March 2011). He keeps most of the inventory in his apartment a few blocks away, shuttling it by bike once a week to this patch of Von King Park at the corner of Marcy and Lafayette avenues. Every Friday between noon and 5 p.m., anyone is free to come by to take the things they want, and leave the things they don't. It was here, on this corner, on a Friday in the fall of 2013, that Thadeaus received confirmation of something he had long suspected: He was being watched — closely — by the NYPD.
The police knew the names of all of the organizations to which he belonged, and had informants inside at least one of them. They knew he would sometimes moonlight as a DJ and dutifully noted which parties he attended, which events he played. He learned from a New York Times journalist that he was under surveillance. The NYPD, he was told, suspected Thadeaus may have been "the bicycle bomber" — a shadowy figure responsible for detonating a makeshift grenade outside a military recruiting center in the middle of Times Square in 2008.
View From NYC ABCF: Thadeaus D. Umpster, persona non grata Posted on January 8, 2010 by denverabc ....Today the Love and Resistance collective, NYC Anarchist Black Cross (ABCF-NYC), Support NY, Bitches Roll Deep Anarcha-feminist collective, Aftershock Action Alliance, the New School in Exile, Students Creating Radical Change (NYU), and other individuals active in the anarchist and revolutionary scenes in New York City find ourselves in the position of issuing the following statement:
Dennis Burke aka Thadeaus D. Umpster has been around anarchist groups in NYC since 1999, residing in a well-known anarchist house in Brooklyn, NY and part of the largely defunct group A New World in Our Hearts. While initially considered a comrade by some of us, Thadeaus’ erratic, disruptive, abusive and otherwise troubling behavior caused almost everyone in NYC to disavow him. Thadeaus has been called out multiple times for abusive behavior, by both ex-partners and other women who have come in contact with him, and by survivor support groups. Those of us who have been involved in political projects with Thadeaus have seen his dominating, manipulative and stubborn behavior destroy groups and drive dozens of people away.
Two dummy hand grenades that had been fashioned into crude bombs exploded outside the Mexican Consulate in Manhattan about 3:40 a.m. October 26th, 2007, the authorities said. Among the possible motives, the police are investigating whether there is any connection between yesterday’s attack and the killing of Bradley Roland Will, 36, an independent New York journalist who often traveled to Latin America to chronicle little-known disputes. Thadeaus Umpster aka Dennis Burke was a close friend and roommate of fellow activist Brad Will in NYC. Mr. Will was fatally shot a year ago today while videotaping near a barricaded road in Oaxaca, Mexico, during a confrontation between demonstrators equipped with Molotov cocktails and fireworks and a group of men armed with pistols and rifles. Mr. Will’s supporters said at the time that his killers were government-backed paramilitary forces.
EXACTLY ONE YEAR EARLIER: Thadeaus Umpster aka Dennis Burke and Brad Will had been sharing an apartment on Clymer Street in South Williamsburg in October 2006. In the backstreets of Oaxaca, Mexico Brad Will was shot to death on October 27, 2006. A reporter with the anti-globalization media collective Indymedia, and a longtime fixture at Critical Mass, Brad Will was in Mexico covering protests that had erupted against Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz after police there opened fire on striking schoolteachers. Brad Will was shot while videotaping a standoff between protesters. Thadeaus Umpster aka Dennis Burke was a close friend and roommate of fellow activist Brad Will in NYC. The pair stayed at many of the same squats and action camps going back to 1999.
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