Naomi Reagan (top) and Adam Katz (bottom) speak to reporters after their arraignment hearings. Both were formally charged with "Willfully and maliciously blocking a thoroughfare" during the night of January 4th in front of City Hall.
Ms. Reagan says she was singing "This Little Light of Mine" when officers grabbed her by the hair and threw her down and arrested her.
Mr. Katz says he was filming officers while complying with orders to back away when he was arrested. "I'm not overly concerned," says Katz. "I have my case on video. It is 100 percent clear to anyone who looks that I was not maliciously blocking a sidewalk. These charges never should have been filed. They should have been dropped."
Video of Adam Katz explaining the charges against him: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGfpF9uIRD4
Description of the days events:
Part of Occupy Oakland's "Occupy the Courts" day of action on 2/6/2012. Occupy Oakland supporters met early in the day to attended arraignment hearings for 12 people arrested at City Hall on January 4th on misdemeanor charges for resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. Counter demonstrators rallied under the banner of "Stand for Oakland." The counterdemonstrators were Oakland residents who expressed concern generally over violence during Occupy Oakland protests and what they see as property damage stemming from Occupy Oakland supporters. Who exactly organized the "Stand for Oakland" counter demonstration is unclear, though supporters of Occupy Oakland accused them of being pawns of the Chamber of Commerce and some city officials (for more info: www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/07/18706824.php)
During both the rally and counterrally, Oakland Police confiscated Occupy Oakland's sound amplification equipment for lack of proper permit -- the first time Oakland Police enforced the city ordinance at an Occupy Oakland rally.
The rally was followed by a march to the courthouse for the final arraingment hearing (which was postponed until March)