Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson (aka Olliff) are two Los Angeles animal rights activists who were arrested in rural Illinois for “possession of burglary tools” in August 2013. After a traffic stop in which they refused consent to a police search, their car was searched anyway. Inside, police found legal items including bolt cutters, wire cutters, ski masks, and cammo clothing. Police believe these items were “burglary tools” intended to be used in a crime, and arrested the two.
Tyler, because he had no previous criminal history, was able to take a plea and was released from jail after four months. Kevin was ultimately sentenced to 30 months of prison time on these state charges.
In July 2014, as Kevin was about to complete his state sentence, the federal government indicted these activists on charges of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Tyler was bonded out shortly after the indictment, but Kevin was denied bail and subsequently has been incarcerated since the original 2013 arrest.
About Kevin Olliff
Kevin is a 28 year-old activist from the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. A vegan since age 15, Kevin has been involved in numerous animal rights campaigns since the mid-2000s, including vegan outreach, anti-vivisection work, and a tour with the Sea Shepherd.
About Tyler Lang
Tyler Lang is a animal rights activist from Los Angeles, California. He went vegan at the age of 14 and has been an activist for animals since. In 2009 Tyler was arrested and given several misdemeanor charges for participating in home demos against UCLA vivisectors. Later that year he helped organize demonstrations against Fortress Investment Group, an HLS affiliate. After six months of home protests, Fortress announced they would no longer do business with HLS. Between 2011 and 2012 Tyler was sued by AstraZeneca, BlackRock, and Beckman Coulter for his role in organizing protests against their key executives.