Cartoonist Susie Cagle says she has been cleared of all charges by the Oakland Police Department in the wake of her arrest last month while covering the Occupy Oakland protests. Cagle’s legal situation was greatly assisted by the Society of Professional Journalists, who, shortly before Thanksgiving, penned a letter to Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan condemning Cagle’s arrest.
Cagle tells FishbowlLA that Oakland PD’s Public Information Officer Johnna Watson confirmed to her that the SPJ’s letter is what eventually got her charges dropped. “Not the massive amount of media I did afterwards, or my tell-all article shared hundreds of times — it had to come directly across their desk.”
SPJ letter in full, after the jump.