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Free Chris - Interviews with Occupy Legal's Kate Hallinan and Occupy Oakland's Laleh, 5/25/12: video
Chris Morland of Occupy Oakland's Tactical Action Committee has been repeatedly targeted by police for his outspokenness on issues of economic injustices. He has helped to organize numerous actions around foreclosures and homelessness in Oakland. At a "community meeting" called by Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland Police Department to address the recent police murder of high school senior Alan Blueford, Chris was equally outspoken as he confronted police chief Howard Jordan about the killing. Oakland police did not arrest Chris at the Acts Full Gospel Church where the public meeting was held, choosing instead to wait until after Chris had left the church, swarming in on him at the nearby BART station. Chris was charged with felony battery on a police officer, amongst other charges, sent to Santa Rita, and his bail was set at over $100,000. Today, the District Attorney's office validated that the charges had no merit by declining to pursue anything other than a misdemeanor Disturbing the Peace charge. Chris' bail then became just $2500, which solidarity activists have already posted. Chris is expected to be released by some time late tonight. (Interview video below.)
[Pictured above: Kate Hallinan speaks with supporters on the 4th floor of the Alameda County Wiley Manuel courthouse after the DA fails to pursue felony charges against Chris]
In the first interview here, Kate Hallinan of Pier 5 Law offices, Occupy Legal, and the National Lawyers Guild, addresses the deliberate overcharging of Chris and how the police use such tactics to attempt to silence dissent. In the second interview, Laleh of Occupy Oakland's Anti-Repression Committee discusses what happened at the "community meeting" and the importance of solidarity when police target individuals for political speech.
Friday, May 25th, 7pm: Emergency Response! Free Chris! Fuck the OPD!
Davey D's video from the OPD town hall on the murder of Alan Blurford, May 23rd
Justice for Alan Blueford Rally & March to Quan Town Hall, May 23rd
Family and Community Members Express Anger Over the Murder of Alan Blueford and Cover-up
National Lawyers Guild
Occupy Oakland Anti-Repression Committee