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Mon Apr 13 2009 (Updated 04/15/09)
Friends and Supporters of David Santos Demand Charges Be Dropped
David Santos, JR Valrey, & Drew Louis Face Felonies From January 7th Oscar Grant Rebellion
David Santos is being charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor after having been arrested during the January 7th demonstrations in downtown Oakland that followed the murder of Oscar Grant. He is the only minor to face felony charges. On Friday, April 10th, friends and supporters came to the Alameda County Juvenile Courthouse for his pretrial hearing to demand that the charges be dropped. According to David, he was wrongly arrested and is being targeted by the state for being a person of color, a communist (a member of the Revolution Club), a community organizer, and being from East Oakland. David’s lawyer Mark R. Vermeulen, from the NLG, made the point that David was arrested and jailed while Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who killed Oscar Grant, had not yet been arrested and was still free. David Santos' trial was pushed off until June.
photo Photos | April 10th hearing announcement

KPFA programmer and SF BayView writer and editor JR Valrey, of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee and Block Report Radio, was photographing and reporting on the events of January 7th when he was also arrested and charged with a felony. Like David, JR believes that he was falsely charged and that his charges have not yet been dropped by District Attorney Tom Orloff due to his long-time social justice activism. JR Valrey's upcoming court dates are Thursday, April 23rd, at 9am in Courtroom 115, and Tuesday, April 28th, at 2pm in Courtroom 115.
Read More: Oakland PD brutally arrests Minister of Information JR | Oakland rebellion: Eyewitness report by POCC Minister of Information JR

Andrew Louis is the third known person facing felony charges resulting from January 7th. He says he couldn't just look and watch — he felt like he had to do something to try to make sure police do not kill again. Andrew Louis goes back to court on Wednesday, April 22nd at 9am.
audio Audio Interview

See Also: audio JR Speaks at the ILWU Forum on Racism, Repression and Rebellion | audio JR MCs "Town Bizness" Townhall Meeting on Oscar Grant and Police Terror | video David Santos Speaks at NJNB Demonstration (3:00 min into video) | audio Lou Brown speaks about the felony case against David Santos | Stop The Political Persecution of a Young Revolutionary | Groups demand all charges be dropped against the Oakland 100 | Arrestee Solidarity, March for Stolen Lives, & More | Pack the Courtroom for JR vs. Charges from Oscar Grant Protest
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