On September 11, a special New York screening of Informant — a new documentary by Jamie Meltzer about activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby — featured a debate between Darby and one of the people he informed on and testified against, David McKay. As a result of Darby’s actions, McKay was sentenced to four years in prison for constructing eight molotov cocktails during protests in Minneapolis at the Republican National Convention in 2008. The terms of the debate, which was moderated by Meltzer, were stark: Who was right? Did Darby do the right thing by turning in McKay? Or did Darby pressure the young activist to take actions he would never have otherwise dreamed up. The full audio of the debate, which was recorded from the crowd using an iPhone, can be heard here:
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