Jared Chase: Before NATO 3, He Claimed To Be a Meth-Addicted, Gang-Affiliated Rapper
|Jared Chase (far right, with bandanna) at Occupy Miami's "Fort Peace," February 9, 2012|
One of the first photos I shot, of seven Occupiers on a stairwell, included Jared Chase of Keene, New Hampshire -- who's now infamous nationwide as a domestic terror suspect, one of the three Occupiers arrested as part of the so-called "NATO 3." We didn't spend much time with Jared in Overtown, but we did catch him on video for a while. Online, he left a record that paints a clear picture of a troubled, drug-addicted former gang member trying to reinvent himself in Occupy's turbulent Miami movement.
|Jared Chase in a stairwell at "Fort Peace" with other Occupy Miamiers|
The three suspects haven't spoken since their arrest. But Chase, at least, left a serious digital trail on the web that starts in New Hampshire, winds through Boston, Tampa, and Miami, and includes his musical work as a DJ and producer, battles with crack and meth addiction and life as a gang member in his home state of New Hampshire.
Here is a freeze frame from a video interview we shot at Occupy Miami's Fort Peace (click through for the full video):
|Jared Chase at Occupy Miami's "Fort Peace" February 2012|