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Twelve Charged for Crimes Committed in 'Occupy Oakland' Protests; Judge Issues Stay Away Orders

OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that 12 individuals have been charged with criminal offenses stemming from the arrests of 'Occupy Oakland' protesters on Saturday night, January 28, 2012. Eight people were charged with misdemeanor offenses, and four people were charged with felony offenses.

The defendants charged with felonies appeared in department 112 where they were arraigned. The judge issued an order to stay away from Frank Ogawa Plaza and the Oakland Convention Center. The defendants will appear again in court on February 2, 2012 for entry of plea and a bail motion.

Seven of the eight defendants charged with misdemeanor counts appeared in Department 107 where they were arraigned. The People requested and the judge issued the order that the defendants stay 300 yards away from Frank Ogawa Plaza. The eighth defendant did not appear. An attorney appeared on her behalf and that arraignment will take place on February 7, 2012.

Additional arrests were made on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 30, 2012. Investigations are ongoing as to each of these arrests. The District Attorney’s Office will carefully review each police report and all of the supporting evidence as to each of these incidents and will make decisions regarding filing of criminal charges.

District Attorney O’Malley states, “While we respect every citizen’s right to protest peacefully, we will not tolerate individuals who come to Oakland with an organized strategy to riot, clash with police officers, vandalize property and wreak havoc upon the City.

"My Office will thoroughly review each arrest and all evidence gathered. When warranted, we will prosecute each defendant to the full extent of the law. We will request that the court impose stay away orders when legally appropriate and we will seek full restitution for all damages caused by each defendant."


Posted on Feb 1, 2012