An Occupy Oakland protester has been charged criminally for kicking a police sergeant last Saturday night following a peaceful march protesting police brutality.Is that Orwellian or what? BTW, contrary to the lede, the remainder of the article reveals:
The arrests came after a group of about 20 protesters, who were among the estimated 75 that had marched through downtown and West Oakland, surrounded a California Highway Patrol officer who was arresting a motorist for drunken driving. The crowd started angrily shouting, but tensions eased after Oakland police officers arrived at 14th and Clay streets.It's all relative to the media.
As police were leaving, McGarrah was arrested on suspicion of battery after allegedly kicking a police car and Holmgren's leg. He was not seriously injured.
McGarrah is currently on probation following the November 2010 felony arson charge for setting a garbage can on fire during a protest over the killing of Oscar Grant by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on New Year's Day 2009. The outcome of that case was not immediately available Thursday.
Aside from the two arrests, the Saturday night march was the second to go off relatively peacefully.
(via Jammie Wearing Fool via reader Warren)