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11 UC Davis Students, Professor, Charged for U.S. Bank Blockade
by Occupy UC Davis Antirepression Crew Media ( oucd-antirepression-media [at] googlegroups.com )
Friday Apr 13th, 2012 10:02 PM
Just months after UC Davis police pepper sprayed seated students in the face during a protest against university privatization and police brutality, Chancellor Linda Katehi’s administration is trying to send some of the same students to prison for their alleged role in protests that led to the closure of a US Bank branch on campus.
Occupy UC Davis Antirepression Crew Media
oucd-antirepression-media@googlegroups.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What: Call-In to Oppose Prosecution of the 12 UCD Protesters
Contact: Yolo County District Attorney at (530) 666-8180 or Fax: (530) 666-8423
Support: Come to the Arraignment on Friday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Yolo County Superior Court, Dept. 9, 213, Third Street, Woodland, CA, 95695

11 UC DAVIS STUDENTS, PROFESSOR, CHARGED FOR U.S. BANK BLOCKADE


Accused May Face up to Eleven Years in Prison


Just months after UC Davis police pepper sprayed seated students in the face during a protest against university privatization and police brutality, Chancellor Linda Katehi’s administration is trying to send some of the same students to prison for their alleged role in protests that led to the closure of a US Bank branch on campus.

On 29 March, weeks after an anti-privatization action against US Bank ended with the closure of the bank’s campus branch, 11 UC Davis students and one professor received orders to appear at Yolo County Superior Court. District Attorney Jeff Reisig is charging campus protesters with 20 counts each of obstructing movement in a public place, and one count of conspiracy. If convicted, the protesters could face up to 11 years each in prison, and $1 million in damages.

The charges were brought at the request of the UC Davis administration, which had recently received a termination letter from US Bank holding the university responsible for all costs, claiming they were “constructively evicted” because the university had not responded by arresting the “illegal gathering.” Protesters point out that the charges against them serve to position the university favorably in a potential litigation with US Bank.

Three of the protesters had received summons from UCD Student Judicial Affairs in mid-February, and it was only after US Bank announced that it had permanently closed its doors that the UCD administration requested that the DA bring criminal charges against the 12. Supporters argue that the university is targeting the dozen in order to limit its liability to US Bank and that the university is effectively using public funds (through the DA’s office) to protect a private corporation’s right to profit from increasingly indebted students at an increasingly expensive public university.

Among the 12 are some of the protesters pepper sprayed by campus police during the infamous November incident. But whereas the District Attorney declined to file charges against protesters then, this less publicized prosecution seems to be an attempt to punish the dissenting students, perhaps in retaliation for their pending ACLU lawsuit against the university. “We might not think of this as violence, because there aren't broken bones or pepper spray or guns—it's not as explicit—but sending someone to jail, holding them for a day, let alone 11 years, is violence,” said Andrew Higgins, a graduate student in History and representative of the UC graduate student union.

Supporters are requesting that the public contact the Yolo County District Attorney at (530) 666-8180 and voice their opposition to this prosecution. Supporters also request public attendance on the day of their arraignment, Friday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Yolo County Superior Court, Dept. 9, 213 Third Street, Woodland, CA, 95695. The website in support of the 12 accused is http://www.davisdozen.org
§Frequently Asked Questions
by Occupy UC Davis Antirepression Crew Media Friday Apr 13th, 2012 10:07 PM
Q: What are the charges?
A: The Banker's Dozen face 20 counts each of obstructing movement in a public place, and one count of conspiracy. If convicted, the protesters could face up to 11 years each in prison, and $1 million in damages.

Q: When are the court dates?
A: The initial arraignment is currently set for Friday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. at the Yolo County Superior Court, Dept. 9, 213 Third Street, Woodland CA 95695.

Q: What can media do to help?
A: Please help circulate our press releases. Tell our story. Spread the word about our solidarity campaigns (see How to Help).
§More Information
by Resources Thursday May 10th, 2012 12:50 PM
Breaking News: 12 Face Misdemeanor Charges For Bank Blocking At UC Davis
March 30, 2012
http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5221:breaking-news-12-face-misdemeanor-charges-for-bank-blocking-at-uc-davis&Itemid=114

Letter of Solidarity with the Davis Dozen from their UC Berkeley Counterparts
April 5, 2012
http://berkeleynov9.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/letter-of-solidarity-with-the-davis-dozen-from-their-uc-berkeley-counterparts/

On the Recent Retreat of US Bank and US Bancorp
April 9, 2012
http://reclaimuc.blogspot.com/2012/04/on-recent-retreat-of-us-bank-and-us.html

Professor Clover Concerned About Academic Freedom and Campus Militarization
May 7, 2012
http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5336:professor-clover-concerned-about-academic-freedom-and-campus-militarization&catid=63:law-enforcement&Itemid=114

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by sick wit it
Saturday Apr 14th, 2012 12:59 AM
So the bank is pushing the powers that be to jump, and UC and the DA ask how high. What more glaring example of the 1% fully running the show do we need?

It's not so different than the Chamber of Commerce's clamor for the forcible eviction of Occupy Oakland being dutifully heeded by OPD when they attacked Oscar Grant Plaza and anyone who came near it.

Also, like the DA in Santa Cruz who is charging 11 people related to a bank occupation, the Yolo DA is pulling out a bullshit conspiracy charge just to pile on a little bit more, and perhaps extract some plea deals.

The banks want a stern example set. Pusillanimous democratic pols, administration types, and the cops fall in line to stomp on dissent.

Will this scare away future protests? Will we let it go down like this?
by Tom Over
( tomover [at] ymail.com ) Thursday Apr 26th, 2012 7:46 PM
As someone who's considering civil disobedience, I'm unpleasantly surprised that these activists could spend years in prison. This doesn't calculate.