On 7/26, a man was arrested for alleged auto theft. Then on 8/20, while still detained, he had a felony burglary charge tacked on because someone said they thought he was in one of the “wanted” photos released by the OPD. This man claims that he was not even present at the verdict day gathering in downtown Oakland, but may still have time added to his sentencing because of it.
It is important to note that a number of people have been arrested as a result of the OPD photos. Remember that if police approach you or someone you know about the night of the verdict, DO NOT answer questions and ask to speak with a lawyer. If they are pushy, ask if you are being detained, and if so ask what your charges are. Real life is nothing like the cop shows on TV, but remember that anything you say can and will be used AGAINST you in crappy old court.
On 8/23, Oakland 100 put up funds that helped get one of the people with felony charges, Art Jackson, out of jail!!!!! He goes to trial on October 12th at Alameda Superior Court in dept 11 at 9am.
EXCERPTED MESSAGE FROM MR. JACKSON:
greetings oakland 100..
First I like to thank them for Bail’g me out of jail…
~you all are the best in the west!…
no way did I enter footlocker..these a$$hols are trying to charge me w/
*Second Degree Comm. Burglary
*Petty Theft w/prior
*Receiv’g Stolen Property
The deal they offered was..
~take all charges, 3 years felony probation, additional 30 days back in jail…HELL TO THE NO!…next court day Oct. 12..my Esq. is the Great Mr. Dan Siegal (Oakland)..thks. for taking my case..Great!..I just may have a chance.
Thks. again to the “TheOakland100″/Dan Siegal
On 8/31, a man who had been jailed on parole hold since verdict day, even though his initial protest charges had been dropped, was ORed (release on his own recognizance). He spent a total of 54 days locked up for a couple of misdemeanor charges that will probably not stick. He is being represented by Walter Riley, a renown civil rights attorney who was also arrested on the night of the verdict.
Coming soon, info about upcoming court dates and fundraisers. Stay tuned!