As of now, there are still about 5 arraignment dates, one of which is today, 9am.
As of now, 3 misdemeanors have been filed, 4 felonies have been filed and 2 warrant letters with no court date have been sent.
For clarification: The majority of cases have not been dismissed or “dropped”. What is happening is that the DA is choosing not to file complaints at this time. He has a year to do so. Some folks who had no complaints filed have received warrant letters, which means that the DA intends to file a complaint of some sort. There are two generally two types of warrant letters;
one says you have to surrender yourself immediately and comes with a court date (and is likely a misdemeanor); The other states intent to press charges but does not specify a court date (and is likely a felony). We are advising people to immediately get in touch with the National Lawyers Guild either way, so they can pair them together with a lawyer. If they can’t hook up with NLG, they should find a Public Defender ASAP.
One of the attorneys is planning on sending a letter demanding that all confiscated property, including media, be returned and that all data copied be destroyed. If the letter doesn’t work, there will likely be some type of court action.
She is also looking to speak with anyone who witnessed or was injured by the flash-bang grenades lobbed on the 30th.
Another attorney is searching for folks who were arrested on felonies and had DNA collected during any of the demos. He is demanding that all DNA collected be destroyed.
In general, what is happening right now is complicated. It is likely that we will continue to see a trickle of court related activity for the next month, at least. One of the attorneys noted that while fewer people have been arrested than at other mass demos in Oakland and SF, the charges have been slightly more severe.
Anyone who has information related to the Oakland Rebellion or who would like to assist in legal assistance can email the Oakland 100 Support Committee at oakland100[at]gmail.com
Court Support is also needed on these dates:
February 11th, 13th, 17th, 23rd, 5th – 9am, 661 Washington Street, Oakland