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Occupy Oakland Confronts Discriminatory Prosecutions by OPD and DA, 4/3/12: video & photos
Dave Id
On the steps of the Alameda County Courthouse on April 3rd, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Cal, supporters, and attorneys gathered for a press conference to confront the latest political persecutions by the Oakland police department, UCPD, and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. In Oakland, the "Ice Cream Three" face charges with hate crime enhancements for a February confrontation with a woman who admitted during a recent preliminary hearing to calling the defendants the racially hateful N-word as well as physically pushing one of them and grabbing a political button from the clothing of one of the defendants. At UC Berkeley, non-violent Occupy Cal protesters were struck by UCPD officers with batons at a demonstration in November only to be later charged with a string of criminal offenses. In Oakland and Berkeley, protesters have been issued stay-away orders at the behest of D.A. O'Malley. The ACLU has called such stay-away orders unconstitutional. At the press conference, speakers denounced the selective prosecutions, the trumped-up charges, the exorbitant bails, the stay-away orders, and the abuse of hate crimes laws now being directed against the occupy movement in the East Bay.

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