Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes for Stealing Wallet, Protest Planned

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A typical Occupier
By this point, it's clear that Oakland -- or at least the city's mayor, police chief, and business and cranky old man communities -- hates itself some Occupy.

The hating officially enters the criminal justice system today, when three Occupy Oakland protesters will appear in Alameda County Superior Court on charges of felony theft and hate crimes for lobbing gay slurs while allegedly stealing a wallet, according to reports.

Occupy, you can imagine, is none too pleased with what the movement's website calls "false and outrageously inflated charges," and will react at their comrades' 2 p.m. court appearance today with -- what else? -- a protest.


Alameda County officials did not immediately respond to queries from SF Weekly on Monday morning. Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24, were charged in Alameda County Superior Court on Friday after their arrests Feb. 29, according to Reuters.

The trio allegedly confronted a woman after she told them not to riot in her neighborhood, Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. The Occupiers reacted with "vulgar epithets regarding their perception of her sexual orientation," and were arrested by police after the woman broke free and alerted the authorities, Watson said.

All three are being held in Alameda County Jail on $100,000 bail each. The victim was only described as a "20-year resident of the neighborhood." Her name, age, and identity were not revealed.

Hate crimes are serious offenses, but as an SF Weekly investigation of the San Francisco Hate Crimes Unit revealed, they're hard to prove, and often make for nothing more than splashy headlines about charges that are ultimately dropped. And if hate crime charges were filed every time a person or used any of the choice words found in our vernacular regarding someone's sexuality, the courts would be busy indeed.  

Further, Oaklanders must often wait hours or longer for police to respond to burglaries or auto break-ins, so it makes one wonder if police's publicized love for Occupy sped this case along.

In any event, Occupy is planning a rally outside the courthouse at Seventh and Washington streets at 2 p.m. today "to protest this gross manipulation of the 'justice' system to target members of our movement. We will also be holding a celebration to honor the birthday of one of these jailed occupiers."

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SolidGOP
SolidGOP

It's time these "occupy" leaders learned some TOLERANCE for people that are not like them.  It's painful to see how liberals treat people of alternative sexual orientation.

Alva
Alva

Ah the hypocrisy of hte radical proggtards.  Loves me some that double standard!

Kiss
Kiss

News Flash, Occupy's Occupiers represent the 99% and we are about finding solutions to the problems created by the 1%.  It's very simple, you don't lie, steal or cheat, you are the 99% and if you do, you are the 1%

Papermill
Papermill

 apparently being in the 99% doesn't require coherence.

pmerkin
pmerkin

Occupy has revealed themselves to be a bunch of poo and pee flinging criminals.  This thing has run its course and the public sees you for what you really are.  Keep it up, cause you guys are only continuing to dig yourself into a hole.

Robbins Mitchell
Robbins Mitchell

Well,at this point it's clear that Chris Roberts hates himself some civilized behavior....almost as much as the street garbage lefties he's enthralled with do

Patrick Truax
Patrick Truax

What's so funny 'bout Peace, Love and Understanding?*snicker*

Robbins Mitchell
Robbins Mitchell

The fact that you asked the same question on Free Republic....har har

pchazzz
pchazzz

Your bias is showing.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

So sad one of the occupiers had to spend their birthday in the pokey.

Better call a WAHmbulance.

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