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Forum Post: Felony arrest for free speach

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 12, 2012, 2:37 p.m. EST by thehippychefOSD (1)
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4 protesters in San Diego were arrested for a MIC CHECK at the Mayor Jerry Sanders State of the City Address. They were charged with felony 1)conspiracy to commit a crime.2)and disturbing a lawful assembly... My Question is : Has anyone within Occupy anywhere , seen this tactic use on Prosters anywhere? Really.... see... 1) thehippychef@yahoo.com or F/B osd page. . .REPOST PLEASE>> Looking for input please. .Thanks



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[-] 2 points by philosophersstoned (233) from Gypsum, CO 12 years ago

A homeless guy who was helping Occupy LA disperse food and clothing is facing LIFE IN PRISON for littering http://www.eastbayexpress.com/92510/archives/2012/01/05/occupy-oakland-activist-may-face-three-strikes

[-] 1 points by mserfas (652) from Ashland, PA 12 years ago

This needs more publicity. This case combines:

  • Sending a man to jail for sitting on a blanket on a park bench.

  • Keeping him in prison much longer for the sole reason that he is homeless.

  • Denying him required psychiatric medication for a prolonged period.

  • Sending him to jail for life for a "three strikes" based rationale, no matter what his crime, ignoring the role of treatable psychiatric factors in the previous offenses.

This is the kind of farming that the "prison industrial complex" can do to keep up bumper crops year after year. Just think that a homeless person, with all the cruelties and obstacles that implies, was nonetheless able to keep up with psychiatric treatment despite the ironbound bureaucracy by which physicians and pharmacists deny drugs to anyone who hasn't managed to show up at a doctor's appointment and then to renew a prescription each month on just exactly the right day. And despite all that, now the authorities have managed to undo all this progress and create a lifelong inmate. Solely in order to uphold their legal fiction that a homeless person somehow is supposed to avoid sleeping anywhere at all.

I don't know for sure, but I think the place to begin here is to ask whether patients requiring medication are allowed to receive it in prison. And the answer appears to be - quite often not. This appears to be the case even for very straightforward and readily measurable diseases like diabetes - see http://www.diabetesdaily.com/edelman/2007/07/diabetes-on-lockdown/ for a long list of stories, each more maddening than the last. Sometimes these cases are addressed - far too late - by lawsuit ( http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-10-20/local/29441081_1_insulin-brain-damage-type-ii ) but the United States is falling far short of basic international humanitarian standards - not occasionally, not rarely, not in trivial cases, but as a matter of deliberate policy doing serious and long lasting bodily injury.

[-] 1 points by williamgagan (0) 12 years ago

I think these were the first felony charges for a Mic Check as of yet. They are stepping up their game. We have to too!

William Gagan @sdoccupypress⎟@williamgagan sdoccupypress.org⎟ustream.tv/channel/occupysandiego

[-] 1 points by jwhite (13) 12 years ago

She did great! without videos they would be convicted of something. but they were smart enough to get video coverage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGF_K24_7lw


[-] 0 points by BystanderDC (91) 12 years ago

Here is the video a bystander took. Sounds like the audience drowned out Occupy San Diego as they tried to mic check. It seems pointless to mic check someplace you know will be full of supporters against your mic check. I think they were just trying to draw media attention and hoping to get attention. Nothing on the news wire yet.


[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

I haven't - most likely the charges will be dropped - the Mayor probably used his influence with the PD resulting in an outcome that isn't likely to be supported in a court of law -

but we'll see.

One option is to initiate a campaign to vote the Mayor out of office. That is the best answer to such bullshit.

Tell me - is he repelican?

[-] 1 points by thehippychefOSD (1) 12 years ago

no he is a repuppetican

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

I'm not sure that brings any clarity to the issue . . .

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 12 years ago

His web site doesn't say. Judging from his legislation...............................He is.................................Most Definitely...................................a...................................100% pure, totally adulterated......................(R)epilican!!!!!!!

(R)epelant behavior is another indicator.

[-] 0 points by BystanderDC (91) 12 years ago

He is a republican. But you really should do some more research on the guy before you judge him from your arm chairs. He is a pretty decent guy.

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

repelicans are terrified of the Movement. They sense their ultimate demise.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 12 years ago

Do you remember which (r)epilican said, they need to stop the press from reporting on this movement?

He needs to be the first one to go.

They just stopped reporting on any positive aspect.

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

not off hand.

Both local NBC and CBS affiliates in the Burlington area have been providing some coverage - mostly neutral, more or less.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 12 years ago

Little to nothing positive in the national press though.

He got his way.

(R)epilicans have got to go!!!!!

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

Don't worry. The weather will break in a couple of months, and things will be ramping up.

As long as local movements keep their shit together, focus on what is true, and keep pressure on the system, we'll get all kinds of positive press.

People from all walks of life are anxious for change. Most of them just aren't in a position to stand in the street agitating for it.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 12 years ago

I know many of those.

The first winter will be the hardest for this movement, but I do look forward to spring.

It will survive, and grow stronger.


[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

On New Year's Eve I was downtown, we Occupied the parade, and then moved down toward a street corner near the fireworks where we could stand with our signs.

It was amazing to see the honks and waves of support from folks as they left the fireworks.


[-] 0 points by BystanderDC (91) 12 years ago

See my video link above. Mayor Kerry Sanders didn't say anything. If anything the audience made it clear they didn't want to hear what Occupy San Diego had to say. Will the felony charges stick for conspiracy to commit a crime?. No of course not. But they may get hit with the disturbing a lawful assembly. But chances are those will get dropped too.

[-] 0 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 12 years ago

There are more than a couple states who have passed legislation criminalizing free speech, and to the tune of a felony. Surprise, party affiliation seems not to be a determining factor.

You can just about bet the statute, under which these people were charged, was signed by a governor, not this mayor.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 12 years ago

You insulted my wife!!!!!!!!!!!!

you chose to cross that line.

You are vile.

You can not make sense.

You are insensate.

You are insensible.

You are insensitive..

You have NO reason to be here.

You are a fluke of the universe.

Whether you can hear it or not, the universe is laughing behind your back.

I am not.

I do not forget.

I do not forgive.

[-] -1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 12 years ago

Everyone hates you and your wife, but, especially you. You can't be taking very good of care of her as much time as you spend whining on the net.