2011-2012 Slider — 14 November 2011
Substitute arrested at Occupy Oakland
Mara Randle arrest

Mara Randle is arrested during a protest for Occupy Oakland on Oct. 25, 2011. Image credit: Reuters.

Vaniece Rutherford

Mara Randle went to Occupy Oakland to protect our rights, not knowing how high the price would be for her.

In a protest in downtown Oakland on Tuesday, October 25, Randle was beaten and arrested by the Oakland Police Department.

“I went to the protest because of the economic inequality,” said Randle, a substitute teacher who frequently works at Oakland High School. “There is one percent who owns ninety nine percent of the wealth. I also wanted to protect our rights of the first amendment.”

On October 25, OPD arrested more than 100 people in the protest. They fired tear gas and bean bags into the crowd. According to news stories, as many as 3,000 people were showing their support for the Occupy Movement in downtown Oakland.

“I was scared, I felt violated,” said Randle. “I had never been to jail nor arrested before.”

Oakaland Police did not respond to requests for a comment.

Two US military veterans were injured during Occupy Oakland, according to New York Daily News. Kayvan Sabehgi, 32, was beaten by police after being asked to move back. He was arrested and taken to jail. He was not hospitalized until 18 hours after the beating. Marine Scott Olsen suffered a broken skull as a result of police crowd control tactics. These were two of many injuries and arrests that occurred.

12/6/11: This article has been modified from an earlier version.

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  1. Your readers should be informed that the District Attorney’s office dropped all charges against Ms. Randle on Feb. 22. During the four months fighting against the arrest and charges, Ms. Randle consistently maintained her innocence of any violations of the law. She was represented by Daro Inouye, a former San Francisco public defender. His ability to represent Ms. Randle is to be commended.The D.A.’s office finally acknowledged that an error was made and asked the court to dismiss all charges “in the interest of justice.” It is very unfortunate that Ms. Randle was subjected to publicity and scrutiny for an arrest that should never have occured in the first place.

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