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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.

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Citizen Journalist Catches Oakland Officer Concealing Name Badge

There have been numerous reports via Twitter from Occupy Oakland protestors that police were covering their ID badges, a violation of California law. We chalked it up to yet another unconfirmed rumor, till we saw it ourselves on the local news. San Francisco’s ABC7 ran footage shot by Twitter user @BLKPXLS of an officer concealing his name plate with black tape. Those badges are the only identifying information Oakland police wear – stick him in a riot gear helmet, and he’d be completely anonymous.

Of the video, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told ABC7:

When I saw it, I was appalled by what I saw. That is not representative of our officers here and what they should be doing. It’s against our policy. I did order an immediate investigation.