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Legal Updates

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.

Important information:

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


Stop OPD from passing Oakland youth curfew

Stop OPD from passing Oakland youth curfew! Tues 2/10 @ 530 City Hall (1 Frank Ogawa Plaza), Rm 1

A youth curfew will be passed in Oakland if we do not fight it NOW. This means that OPD will question and detain any young person for violating curfew w/out exception. This will apply to all youth under 18 years of age on City streets between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. (as a component of the Oakland Police Department’s “strategic plan”).


Upcoming events

Thanks to the folks over at No Justice, No BART for putting this together.

Monday, February 9 8:30am Pack the Court! Hearing for those arrested. When: Mon, February 9, 8:30am – 11:30am Where: Wiley M. Manuel Courthouse (dept.112), 661 Washington Street, Oakland, CA (map) Description: Pack the Court! Drop the Charges on ALL Protesters! Also, CALL THE DA and tell him to drop the charges now! More info, sample script here: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/25/18565707.php

Tuesday February 10 10:00am Petition Delivery (Color of Change) When: Tue, February 10, 10am – 11am Where: Rene Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St, Oakland CA (map) Description: There have been petitions calling for action in the case of Oscar Grant circulated via colorofchange.org. They will be delivered on Tuedsay 2/10. Sign them here: http://www.colorofchange.org/grant/?id=1489-129670 and here: http://www.colorofchange.org/oscar_update/?id=1708-55706

5:30pm Crash the Public Safety Committee Hearing at City Hall. Stop the youth curfew in Oakland! When: Tue, February 10, 5:30pm – 8:30pm Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA (map) Description: Policing in any form will not make our streets safe. Come to the City’s “Public Safety Committee” Meeting at City Hall, in Hearing Rm 1. Tell the OPD & city of Oakland that we need to invest in our youth not in more police, and we need to support our young people in making their own responsible decisions.

6:00pm Public Tribunal to Investigate Grant’s Killing (BAMN Initiated) When: Tue, February 10, 6pm – 8pm Where: Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland CA (map) Description: Refreshments Provided Allen Temple Baptist Church Pastor J. Alfred Smith, Jr. 8501 International Blvd. (at 85th Ave.) Oakland Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, & Immigrant Rights, Fight for Equality, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), BAMN.com, 510-502-9072, California [at] bamn.com, ASUC-Sponsored

Wednesday, February 11 7:00pm “Town Bizness” Townhall Meeting in West Oakland When: Wed, February 11, 7pm – 10pm Where: Black Dot Cafe, 1195 Pine St., Oakland CA (map) Description: Townhall meeting on Police Terrorism featuring: Jack Bryson, the father of two sons who were with Oscar Grant When: he was murdered by police, on New Years Day. Martina Davis – The sister of Georgia deathrow inmate Troy Anthony Davis. The POCC’s Chairman Fred Hampton Jr – a former political prisoner of 9 years and son of assassinated B.P.P. leader. Randy Murphy – Black male who was paralysed by the OPD, because they thought he had some drugs, 5 years ago. Min. Keith Muhammad of the Nation of Islam – who has been a leader in the anti-police terrorism in the Bay Area movement. Hosted by the POCC’s Minister of Information JR of BlockReportRadio.com and the Associate Editor of the SF Bay View Newspaper. There will also be an update on the cases of Mehserle and other police officers involved in the murder of Oscar Grant, as well as the! cases of the Oakland 100, which includes the Minister of Information JR, who is facing a trumped up charge of felony arson.

Thursday, February 12 9:00am BART Board Meeting: NO JUSTICE, NO BART! When: Thu, February 12, 9am – 12pm Where: 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA (map) Description: NO JUSTICE NO BART invites you to join us at the BART Board meeting, as we give BART a piece of our minds. The Board Room is on the third floor. Arrive early to fill out speakers cards and make sure you get in. We will be articulating our demands and giving the BART board a heads up about the storm they are flying into. http:/nojusticenobart.blogspot.com

Friday, February 13 2:00pm Hearing on Gag Order For Mehserle’s Murder Trial (but no known protest planned) When: Fri, February 13, 2pm – 4pm Where: Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St, Oakland, CA? (map) Description: Mehserle is scheduled to return to court for a hearing on a gag order that Judge Jacobson imposed last Friday.

Saturday, February 14 4:30pm Town Hall Meeting (Black Clergy Initiated) When: Sat, February 14, 4:30pm – 7:00pm Where: 807 27th Street, Oakland, CA (map) Description: Town Hall Meeting at Olivet Institutional Missionary Baptist Church. Speakers from the clergy and community organizations. Focus on recalling DA Tom Orloff, taking the fight to Sacramento.

Monday, February 16 5:00pm Vigil For Anita Gay, shot 1 year ago by Berkeley PD. When: Mon, February 16, 5pm – 7pm Where: Ashby BART station, MLK at Ashby, Berkeley CA (map) Description: Called by the Anita Gay Family. Anita Gay was a grandmother shot on her front porch by a lone Berkeley PD officer. Remember Gary King Jr. Jose Luis Buenrostro, Casper Banjo, Jody Woodfox, Oscar Grant, Anita Gay, and countless others. Hold Police Accountable. For more info call: 510-655-7313.

Saturday, February 21 4:30pm Town Hall Meeting (Black Clergy Initiated) When: Sat, February 21, 4:30pm – 7:00pm Where: 807 27th Street, Oakland, CA (map) Description: Town Hall Meeting at Olivet Institutional Missionary Baptist Church. Speakers from the clergy and community organizations. Focus on recalling DA Tom Orloff, taking the fight to Sacramento.

Saturday, March 14 1:00pm Public Tribunal to Investigate the Killing of Oscar Grant (Uhuru Initiated) When: Sat, March 14, 1pm – 3pm Where: Uhuru House, 7911 Macarthur Blvd., Oakland CA (map) Description: Uhuru House Tribunal to put the state on trail for crimes against the Black community! Held at Uhuru House in East Oakland (7911 Macarthur Blvd) More info: oakland@inpdum.org, 510-569-9620

Monday, March 23 All day Peliminary Hearing Scheduled for Mehserle’s Murder Case (no known protest planned) When: Monday, Mar 23, 2009 Where: Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St, Oakland, CA? (map) Description: Mehserle is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing this day, aimed at determining if there’s enough evidence to order him to stand trial. We don’t know the time and the date is probably still tentative.

Credit: No Justice, No BART


Outside the courthouse on Friday, February 6

Outside the courthouse on Friday, February 6, 2009, two young people talk about how they were caught up in police sweeps of downtown Oakland on January 7, 2009, while protesting the BART police murder of Oscar Grant III.


Charges Delayed for 28 Misdemeanors Related to Oscar Grant Rebellion

Over 130 people have been arrested in connection with protests surrounding the murder of Oscar Grant III. This morning, the first arraignments were to be held for over 30 people charged with misdemeanors and felonies at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland. Charges for 28 individuals charged with misdemeanors were delayed, meaning that District Attorney Tom Orloff has up to one year to file charges. One person with a misdemeanor and two people with felonies are still facing their charges in court. The next arraignments for those arrested in connection with the Oscar Grant Rebellion are February 9th, 13th, and 17th. The Oakland 100 Support Committee requests that supporters keep the pressure on until all charges are dropped.


Support the Oakland 100! Support Resistance!

During the month of January, more than 130 people have been arrested in Oakland during operations aimed at containing and suppressing outrage over the New Year’s morning execution of Oscar Grant III by BART police and the systemic injustices and abuses communities in Oakland continually face. Many arrestees are young people of color and many were caught in mass police sweeps of public areas. They now face charges ranging from misdemeanor rioting to various felonies. On February 6 and 9, the majority of those caught in these mass arrests will have their initial hearings at the Alameda courthouse and members of the community will be mobilizing in a show of support to demand that all charges be dropped.

The Oakland 100 Support Committee or O100, a recently formed group dedicated to supporting those facing charges stemming from the January demonstrations against police violence, will be working with members of the National Lawyers’ Guild, and Critical Resistance to connect arrestees with legal resources and to put pressure on Mayor Dellums and DA Orloff to drop all related charges. O100 is organizing a visible presence in front of the courthouse from 8:30am to 5:00pm on both the 6 and the 9 and will staff a legal resources table to assist arrestees. Folks are encouraged to come and show their support by bringing banners and signs and participating in the presence in front of the courthouse or by helping to fill the courtrooms in a non disruptive show of solidarity. O100 is asking that people dress in all black as a silent statement of support for those arrested.

“DA Orloff has made his priorities clear by dragging his feet when it came to charging a cop who executed an unarmed man on camera and then turning around and rapidly leveling charges against those involved in the demonstrations” said Inez Sunwoo, a member of O100 and Critical Resistance. “For the DA and the entire government and police establishment in Oakland, the lives of young people of color are worth less than some broken windows. This is exactly why people are angry and protesting”.

Isaac Ontiveros a member of Critical Resistance and the Plan for a Safer Oakland sees the charges stemming from the January demonstrations as part of a larger systemic problem. “We know that further criminalizing these young people does nothing to make the streets of Oakland safer and does not address the real underlying problems that have created so much outrage. It is because of this systemic criminalization at the hands of police that Oscar Grant was murdered in the first place and we need to stop this violent cycle now.”

• Oakland 100 Support Committee
O100 is an all-volunteer group dedicated to connecting those facing charges with legal support, participating in a ‘Drop the Charges’ campaign, raising funds to assist arrestees and standing in solidarity with the larger movement against police violence. The group is composed of community members, arrestees, and allies.
oakland100 [at] gmail.com

• Critical Resistance
CR is a national grassroots organizations committed to ending society’s use of prisons and policing as an answer to social problems.
http://www.criticalresistance.org

• National Lawyer’s Guild San Francisco
Dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system, we seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America, to function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
http://www.nlgsf.org