The Coup featuring Boots Riley – What the Po-Pos Hate
This is that shit that the po-po’s hate
When we talkin’ to our folks and they love and relate
This morning, Laleh Behbehanian of Occupy Oakland’s Antirepression Crew appeared on KPFA Letters and Politics [segment begins at 00:39:25] to discuss the latest tactics used by the Oakland Police Department against OO. She neatly tied together a lot of loose threads that I have been following for the past couple of weeks and have mentioned in a couple of recent diaries.
Laleh is one of our devoted comrades who goes to arraignments, secures bail and keeps hope alive for occupiers who have been jailed. She said that OPD has conducted police raids almost nightly for the past two weeks and has arrested “dozens and dozens of people on bogus, conflated charges” with high bail – but these charges never end up being filed in court. Police are particularly fond of raiding on Friday nights so that they can arrest and hold people over the weekend, since arraignments don’t happen until Monday or Tuesday. Over and over again, Laleh and other volunteers sit in court all day, only to discover that no charges have been filed by the DA.
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