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Oakland Police Department Drops #OWS Arrest Charges Against Cartoonist Susie Cagle

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.

2011-11-21 SPJ OPD Susie Cagle

Previously on FishbowlLA: Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested at Occupy Oakland Protests

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.