INCARCERATION: Holiday Gift from Paul Gallegos to Occupy Eureka
While the District Attorney vacations with his family for the holidays, he (ultimately responsible for actions of his office) has set in motion another campaign of harassment, wrongful arrests, and incarcerations.
As you know, Anne Rian was locked up on X-mas morning "for a warrant". She was just bailed out today (Dec 27).
The next morning, 4am-ish, Martin Katz was arrested "for a warrant" and is still in jail.
Today (Dec 27th), Pat Kanzler was arrested for hanging her American flag banner with the words "Freedom of Speech" at the bottom on the main anti-first-amendment fence at the courthouse. She was released from jail.
Also, today (Dec 27th), Keelan McWayne was arrested "for a warrant" and is still in jail.
What do the three people who were arrested "for a warrant" have in common? They all are dedicated Occupy Eureka demonstrators. They all were arrested in the 'no warning' mass arrest on November 14th. They all made sure to inquire about their court dates. NONE of them received notice in the mail to appear. All of them had signed for or been told that their dates were after the holiday. And NONE of them had, or could have, missed a date! (In fact, Martin went in to the court clerk on his own to make a Dec 28th court date!)
So, why the warrants and the cruel X-mas arrests? We could call it absolute incompetence by the District Attorney's office (who is precisely the entity to cause warrants to be issued here), or we could call it deliberate and blatant action to stifle political dissent. Violating constitutional rights and locking people up to stifle dissent: the same reason that the county and the city and the DA have criminalized hanging a flag banner (or any sign) around the courthouse, and arrested Pat today. The DA's office won't tell us who has these bogus warrants. Who will it be tomorrow?
*Call for the RELEASE OF MARTIN KATZ AND KEELAN MCWAYNE!
COME OUT TO OCCUPY EUREKA, HOLD SIGNS AND SUPPORT!
NO MORE BOGUS WARRANTS AND ARRESTS!!
As stated above, Martin Katz made a court date which is tomorrow morning, Thurs, at 8:00am. If he is still in jail, please show up to support Martin in court. Watch out: The DA's office might oppose his release back to the community like it has for other Occupy protesters!
Additional note: EPD's Sgt. Guy, while arresting Martin Katz, pulled out his nunchukas (his favorite torture weapon) to squeeze around Martin's limbs. Guy put them away, however, when a camera focused on him. Consequently, Sgt. Guy wrongfully arrested me for filming in November, had earlier tried to break my camera, and uses his nunchukas on non-violent protesters.