More than 80 protesters who took part in last weekend's Occupy Oakland demonstration were scheduled to have their day in court Tuesday, but just moments before court was called into session, dozens were told to go home.
“I'm happy to hear that a lot of people have been released but I'm still disappointed that a lot of people are still behind bars,” said Brenda Montano, a Occupy SFSU protester.
KTVU found 74 names on the list of those arrested protesters going home. The Oakland District Attorney’s office said those people were part of an ongoing investigation and would be issued a future court date. However, 8 of the protesters face misdemeanor charges which could include resisting arrest. Another four are facing felony charges four assaulting a police officer.
“People get the impression that. We at the Occupy movement are the provocateurs in this situation, when really everything is a basically a defense against the police oppression that we are receiving.” said Occupy Oakland protester Paul Woods.
The same day, the DA's office asked the judge to issue stay away orders for the 12 people who faced misdemeanor and felony charges Tuesday. Earlier this month, Christopher Moreland was issued one of the three current stay away orders already in effect against Occupy protesters.
“The terms for me are that I stay away from the Plaza 300 yards from it,” said Moreland.
Moreland says he was arrested during an Occupy protest for obstructing a police officer. He said the stay away order was issued later and that he planned to fight.
“I wasn't arrested at the plaza and I don't have a violent history,” said Moreland. “I don't have a violent record of hurting anyone or harming anyone at the plaza, or destroying anything at the plaza.”
Members of the local Occupy movement said they will hold another “Day of Action” on Monday, which was expected to include a rally right outside the courthouse.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.