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Analysis: In Oakland, lots of Occupy arrests, few prosecutions

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Mercury News examines arrest records of Occupy protesters in Oakland in the last year and finds that of more than 700 people arrested for such things as felony assault and misdemeanor vandalism, the Alameda County district attorney’s office pursued criminal cases against only 109 of them. And of those, only 37 have been convicted.

The numbers are likely to fuel arguments both by those who say Oakland police overreached in its handling of the protests, and of those who say the city hasn’t been tough enough.

Noted: Today’s the one-year anniversary of the initial disbandment of the Occupy encampment at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Protesters say they’ll set up there again today to commemorate it.

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