Skip to comments.Occupy activists dispute hate-crime charges
Posted on 03/05/2012 6:51:42 PM PST by SmithL
OAKLAND -- Attorneys for three Occupy Oakland protesters charged with hate crimes for allegedly using a gay slur during a skirmish with a counter-protester said Monday that police were smearing the activists to try to discredit their movement.
Police said the protesters - Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24 - stole the woman's purse during a confrontation last month outside a Wells Fargo bank on Piedmont Avenue and called her a "dyke" during the incident. But attorneys for two of the defendants said the exchange had turned ugly only after the counter-protester used a racist epithet against their clients.
"The woman who complained is an important part of why this incident got out of control," said Yolanda Huang, Davis' attorney. "Part of the problem here is that the complainant did not learn the basic rules of kindergarten: Keep your hands to yourself."
The defendants were arraigned Monday in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland on one count apiece of felony civil rights violation and robbery by force. Each is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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Well, theres an example of fair and impartial reporting /s
I am Andrew Breitbart. War.
Just liberating money from the haves to give it (take it) for the have nots and WANT SOMES.
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