Occupy Oakland Arrests: Armor-Wearing "Real Life Superhero" Faces Resisting Arrest Charge

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Real-life superheroes on a more peaceful day. Sorvari is on the right.
UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.: Those who want to donate to Sorvari's bail fund can do so here.

Original story:

Three of the Occupy Oakland protesters who were arrested after last week's General Strike turned chaotic were arraigned in Alameda Superior Court on Monday. Among them was a roughed up "real-life superhero" who had attended the march dressed as a ninja with homemade armor, but whose family believes he might have been mistaken by cops for a black bloc anarchist.

Roy Sorvari, a 22-year-old former Boy Scout who lives with his parents in Antioch, answered to charges of resisting arrest -- prosecutors alleged he kicked and attempted to hit a cop with his shield. With stitches in his forehead and two black eyes, the 5-foot-5, 130-pound Sorvari claims he had been beaten and knocked unconscious during the early hours last Thursday -- perhaps by police -- after the protest turned violent, according to his attorney, Jeffrey Kaloustian, of the National Lawyers Guild. Sorvari faces a felony charge of resisting arrest and a $15,000 bail. 

The Alameda County district attorney didn't file charges for eight other protesters of the 11 who were scheduled to be arraigned yesterday. They were the same ones who'd been held in custody over the weekend or who'd posted bail, according to Greg Michalec of Occupy Legal, an organization set up for the legal defense of arrested demonstrators. The rest of the 103 protesters arrested during last week's strike will be arraigned in the coming weeks.

Sorvari, awesomely, belongs to a international confederation of civilian peacekeepers --  somewhat akin to the Guardian Angels -- who don cartoonish costumes and call themselves the "Real Life Superheroes." The group claims about a half-dozen members in the Bay Area,  said a fellow superhero with the handle "Motor Mouth" who showed up in the courtroom Monday to support Sorvari.

"Motor Mouth" said he and Sorvari -- whose superhero handle is "Ray" -- have been providing security at night for the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza, protecting the people's right to assembly. 

While "Motor Mouth" didn't attend the general strike last week, he says Sorvari showed up in his usual superhero get-up -- a black balaclava, all-black clothes, ski goggles, and homemade body armor that lights up. In addition, "Motor Mouth" says he'd lent Sorvari a Captain America-like shield for the event. 

"Motor Mouth" says he is "120 percent sure" that cops had mistaken Sorvari for one of the black bloc anarchists who emerged after the peaceful march, breaking windows and setting fire in downtown Oakland in the early morning hours on Thursday.

Sorvari's mother, Lynn, said, "Maybe that was a mistake; maybe he should have had a more high-profile costume."

His parents, who are between jobs and have four other children, say they are going to start a PayPal account for donations to help them pay $1,500 -- the 10 percent they have to put up for Sorvari's bail. We'll post an update as soon as the account is up and running.

When Kaloustian came out Monday afternoon after talking to Sorvari, he delivered the following message to "Motor Mouth," who was waiting in the hallway: "Sorry about losing your shield."

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xxxtruthordare
xxxtruthordare

they "thought" his friend who is 5'5 "and 130 pounds, my ass, they could easily kick. Cops are bullies and bullies are always looking for the weakest prey.games for couples

MEATClown Industries
MEATClown Industries

Some rumours surfaced that Motor Mouth is also a MEAT Clown, but no one really confirms nor denies it.

Malvado Los Muertos
Malvado Los Muertos

Roy has since been grounded by his parents and not allowed to access the Batcave.

R.Micah
R.Micah

Roy Sorvari is a good person, if it doesn't affect you personally...don't worry about it. This group of people have good hearts & good intentions, that's rare these days.

Jeffery Dilegge
Jeffery Dilegge

"super?" what the *!#@ makes them "super"? They should be called "Virgins United".

Motor Mouth
Motor Mouth

What is not explained here is that he was defending a couple that was in the ground in fetal positions while being relentlessly beaten by an Oakland PD riot cop. He went there with the intention of aiding anyone that needed genuine help as well as stopping any crime he came upon, whether those crimes be at the hands of the Black Bloc, rabble-rousers, or police alike (in a just world, EVERYONE is accountable for their actions and NO ONE is above the law). One of our primary objectives beyond humanitarian aid & fighting whatever crime we come across is to do the best we can to operate within the confines of the law. I believe that even with The Ray's actions that night, he was still within the rights of the law & only attempting to stop an assault.

And so people understand...we only aiding Occupy SF & Oakland from a support position, not one that's politically based. Our weekend security work has been to keep the peace at the encampments & to make sure no one runs off with supplies from the food and medic tents. Beyond that, we are only mediators & citizen peacekeepers. Call us freaks, call us immature, but we are doing something to make our communities a safer much more positive place. Even to the point of self-sacrifice if need be, which many folks out there wouldn't do under any situation enable to save their own skin while we lay our's on the line for complete strangers.

Ss_impala04
Ss_impala04

The guy was asking for it.  Who shows up dressed like a ninja with armor and a shield where there are hundreds of cops and a chaotic environment?  Sorry, but Batman is a fictional character, quit thinking that comic books are real life... total DB.  I did a little research on this guy and he was arrested in August on a weapons charge in Antioch.  Again, he was dressed like a nerd with armor, swords and a homemade taser.  He is anti-police, anti-authority, now he wants to run around and act like a victim.  Total bullshit.  Man up to your mistakes bro.

Bobby
Bobby

OK...I give...whats up with the dude in the shirt and tie....custom at the dry cleaners?

jnich753
jnich753

"superhero"? more like SuperScum

Straight Shooter
Straight Shooter

Now what is this now, a freak show. Do they even know what they are protesting or fighting for? I guess this is just entertainment for the pubic. Get real, Halloween is over. You can protest peaceful, not like a bunch of juveniles and kids. Grow up. At least the Tea Party people stood for something. They are fighting for our freedom, not to be a Communism Nation for goodness sake.

JP
JP

They probably didn't bother mistaking him for a Black Bloc member, since they just arrested everyone they were able to coral, including obvious non Black Bloc members such as NLG legal observers and journalists.

Porky
Porky

It's looking more like a marvel comic action battle huh.

Nickyil
Nickyil

hey  jerk when was the last time you had sex ? ALL you do is carp i know its your right, but the same is true of the rest. you know what defines acomnunist? He/She believes their way is the only way, they refuse to listen and use verbal abuse if they cannot use force to get their own point accros.

Timeloyd
Timeloyd

AS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SAID ~ IGNORE YOUR RIGHTS AND THEY WILL GO AWAY.         I BELIEVE THAT THE REAL LIFE SUPER HEROS ARE PROTECTING THE RIGHTS AND LIFES OF THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY THEY LIVE IN NO MATTER HOW THEY LOOK.  THEY SHOULD NOT BE CRIICIZED FOR AIDING THE HELPLESS NOR  BE ARRESTED FOR PROTECTING THEM, THEIR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.    ,  ~<>.

Jeffery Dilegge
Jeffery Dilegge

What you are doing is also illegal. Then again. you would never need a criminal background check for employment prescreening or anything... so just break the law.

Bob Sacamano
Bob Sacamano

 He forgets that Batman and Ironman's only super power was being rich.

Jeffery Dilegge
Jeffery Dilegge

I hope that a video goes on youtube when they get their butts kicked. Hell, I'd pay to see that.

Long Ben Avery
Long Ben Avery

Damn just hit like by mistake! DOH! Oh dear that lovely old "He is a communist" canard.If that is all you can bring to any discussion, that just shuts it down. Please try not to paint every thing with this brush. It is annoying and not really on the point.We are Legion!

Bob Sacamano
Bob Sacamano

The 'tea party'? You mean that group that names itself over the most widely celebrated act of property destruction in America (a felony too, I might add). Many protesters see the mistakes that were made in the 70's. There were millions of people resisting in America and abroad, and no matter how many people you had, if you used peaceful tactics, you didn't succeed, I mean, look at the world they left us with. Same shit, different decade. Sorry to tell ya that "revolution" is illegal and if you want freedom, you're gonna have to fight for it. Let's bring back those tactics that worked.

Mistalee
Mistalee

they "mistook" him for a guy that's 5'5" and 130 pounds whose ass they could easily kick. Cops are bullies, and bullies always seek weaker prey.

jdilegge
jdilegge

@Nickyil  Interesting, I don't recall ever being narcissistic nor making narcissistic statements. I do believe "narcissist" is the word you are looking for here. Being a sociology major yes, I know a lot about communism. Communism, per Karl Marx, is the holding of property by the community and not the individual.


I am also a Veteran of the US Navy and get a laugh when people, like you, attempt to make me look silly with incoherent posts full of spelling mistakes while trying to assume that someone is "far left" or communist. In fact I am an independent who believes that liberals and conservatives alike are opportunists and political extremists.


All I do is carp? Nah, I haven't been fishing in years and don't really like bottom feeders... hey something you and the carp have in common:)


As far as sex, I have no issues there mate. I am 36, own my own business, have all of my hair, am quite attractive to the ladies and have 3 kids, which is kind of proof that I get plenty. But thanks for the inquiry, I am sure you are just making sure that I am keeping up on my sex quota.


Have a nice day, and try to learn how to take a sarcastic joke without throwing politics into it randomly.

J.C.
J.C.

It is possible to be a vigilante and not do anything illegal. I read the article the other day about two MMA fighters that stopped a robbery, which would be considered vigilantism. Did they do anything illegal? NO! Yet your logic would have them committing a crime. You  are just a Tea Party dog. Your Tea Party Masters say sit and you sit, they say roll over and you roll over, they say bash anyone that's different from us and you do it. Think for yourself.

Jeffery Dilegge
Jeffery Dilegge

You should dust off your history book. The tea party destroyed property? Do you have evidence of this? No, what your mommy said to you is not evidence.

Long Ben Avery
Long Ben Avery

Insulting me is just a waste of your time,try starting a dialogue.

J.C.
J.C.

The "Boston Tea Party" is where colonists threw tea into Boston harbor as a form of protest against England for taxation without representation. Therefore, the party was named after an event that involved the destruction of property. I am pretty sure that's in any American History book that covers that time period. Maybe you should buy your first history book and start reading. :)

Thevoid
Thevoid

"and he is unarmed."Perhaps you didn't read the part about body armour and a shield? Yes in the middle of a riot I'm sure they have plenty of time to go up to everybody wearing black ski masks and body armor and ask them if they are up to no good.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Pardon me. Cops are THE LIVING EMBODIMENT OF COURAGE AND CHIVALRY for beating the shit out of this half-pint. It takes the heart of a lion to pound the crap out of someone half your size, particularly when you have a a riot baton, a pistol, pepper spray and riot gear and he is unarmed.

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