To date, hundreds of protesters have been arrested for protesting for justice for Oscar Grant. Most recently we saw 152 people unjustly corralled and arrested on November 5th (day of Oscar’s killer’s sentencing). Others are still facing charges from July 8th (the day of Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter verdict). We demand that the Oakland DA drop all the charges against all protesters!
You can follow this link to petition Nancy O’Malley, the Alameda County District Attorney. We wrote a form letter, but of course feel free to edit it! Any signatures posted to this petition will individually be sent to the DA’s email inbox. Let’s flood it!
We are also encouraging you to mail a hard copy to the DA’s office at the following address:
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
1225 Fallon St. Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Here is the petition letter as written (included in the link above):
I am writing to you regarding the November 5th, 2010 arrests of protesters following the Rally to Honor Oscar Grant at City Hall. I am concerned about misconduct by OPD. This includes a documented dispersal order given simultaneously as protesters were trapped by police, as well as misinformation given by police agencies and spread by media agencies. Therefore, I demand that you drop the charges of all 152 defendants.
Furthermore, as we examine police misconduct from the night of July 8th, 2010 in
downtown Oakland, it is evident that the OPD, Alameda Sherriffs, and other law enforcement agencies are culpable for trapping protesters into the area using excessive aggression. These police actions clearly incited riotous behavior and looting. If these agencies will not be held accountable for their documented instigation of property destruction in the streets, neither should those facing charges for various forms of protest.
If you should decide to pursue the blatantly unjust charges from either of those nights, it seems likely that the community’s declining faith in the justice system will further diminish and will result in continued expressions of 1st Amendment activity whose burden you will have to shoulder. The choice is yours.
Also, THIS FRIDAY, November 19th, there will be a rally to drop the charges against all 152 arrestees from November 5th outside Wiley Manuel Courthouse (also the DA’s office, 661 Washington Street in Oakland). Press conference at 3pm, rally at 4pm.