Updated 5X (2/3/12)
Bay Citizen: Many Arrested, But Few to Face Charges
Out of 409 arrests made, only twelve people (3%) face actual charges.
Nearly 400 innocent people jailed, including journalists, and as reported below many held for three days and mistreated by police and jailers, for the crime of peaceful protest.
SF Bay Guardian: Occupy Oakland inmates at Santa Rita attacked- developing story
Daily Kos: Oakland Arrestees Tortured
Oakland North: Journalists arrested at Saturday Occupy Oakland Protest
KQED News: Newspaper Guild wants meeting with Quan
The KQED report includes tweets from journalists, including this one which reports widespread police violation of CA Penal Code 830.10
Yael Chanoff, SF Bay Guardian
-No cops have badge numbers showing and they are refusing to tell protesters
(Apparently with impunity, despite the example made of the only two OPD officers who happened to be caught on video by a citizen journalist. Why isn’t there wider enforcement?)
Newspaper Guild president Bernie Lunzer sent a letter to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Police Chief Howard Jordan, requesting a meeting and clearly calling them out on OPD’s violation of its own guidelines:
Although several journalists were released quickly on the scene, others were held for long periods of time, making it impossible for them to do their jobs. Numerous reports from the scene document officers ignoring reporters presenting their press credentials and admonishing them for not following orders to disperse.
This despite the OPD’s own guidelines, which state, “Even after a dispersal order has been given, clearly identified media shall be permitted to carry out their professional duties in any area where arrests are being made unless their presence would unduly interfere with the enforcement action.”
You may have heard (as reported in the SF Chronicle) that Mayor Quan plans to call OWS “leadership” to ask them to denounce #OO, showing the laughable scale of her cluelessness on multiple levels. Here is a response from a member of the leaderless movement known as OWS.
Lastly, let’s not forget to keep in perspective the city’s priorities in light of the #J28 OPD brutality that triggered over two dozen solidarity actions around the globe:
- Oakland recently closed 5 public elementary schools in order to save $2 million
- City of Oakland has by now vastly exceeded that spending in policing Occupy Oakland
- Crime in Oakland was down 19% during #OO encampment
- OPD Police misconduct has cost the city $57 million over the past decade
- OPD was stripped of power just last week over its failure to mend its ways, and the misconduct that went down on Saturday only moves them closer to federal receivership.
Note: this doesn’t include all of the lawsuits that are pending since #OO began.