Susie Cagle, the lone comic/graphic journalist reporting in the Occupy Oakland protest, has been released from jail last night after being charged with a misdemeanor “present at raid”. She has been covering the protests for the last three weeks and despite having her credentials out in plain sight and even recognized by one of the police officers, she was still arrested. The police department reports they arrested 103 people last night. Approximately seven other journalists were also scooped up in the mass arrests.
Here is Susie being interviewed by the local TV news about her experience.
Once released, Susie began tweeting again. Here is her stream in chronological order. You can follow here at @susie_c
I am out and charged. I had my press pass in full view at arrest. One OPD officer recognized me, knew my comics.
#occupyoakland OPD is holding my backpack and house keys hostage. Need an appt to pick up & report number for appt. No report # on my papers
#occupyoakland charged with misdemeanor ‘present at raid.’ arraignment not for a month seems like scare tactic to make me stop reporting
#occupyoakland 14 hours under arrest and two jails and I don’t know if I will be able to get my house keys back tonight.
#occupyoakland Sweet irony: I was supposed to meet with OPD spokesperson this morning before all this. We have even more to chat about now.
#occupyoakland did a brief spot with ABC7 at Santa Rita, should air 11ish.
@iamstevenhale here is my list of journalists’ arrests at Occupy protests: sfy.co/Luw I still need to add @susie_c
#occupyoakland last night was first time I saw police use strobes to block cameras here. Didn’t work on mine…
#occupyoakland paint already cleaned from Whole Foods. I bet they finished that long before Alameda co processed me.
#occupyoakland Demonstrators arrested last week were arraigned within a few days of arrest. One month from now is a big change.
#occupyoakland Officer Frye at OPD says none of us can have any of our property until tomorrow 8am. “but we’re homeless!” shrug.
#occupyoakland many here going to be homeless tonight. Including me.
Thanks to everyone who has offered help with a place to stay. I will be okay tonight, hopefully get my keys & wallet back from OPD in morn.
More important, thanks for following me along on this f***ing crazy ride.
#occupyoakland #oakmtg 103 arrested in overnight disturbances, property damage in Ogawa estimated b/t$20-25k http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca/groups/cityadministrator/documents/pressrelease/oak032053.pdf
I’m getting weird blowback from local press with chips on their shoulders.