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At Least Six Journalists Arrested At Weekend Occupy Oakland Protests

Upwards of 400 people were arrested on Saturday at a massive Occupy protest in Oakland–including at least six journalists. Mother JonesGavin Aronsen was among those arrested, despite presenting police with a valid press pass. His story shows that Oakland Police seemed to have learned absolutely nothing from their previous clashes with protesters, that drew worldwide criticism and helped galvanize the Occupy movement.

As soon as it became clear that I would be kettled with the protesters, I displayed my press credentials to a line of officers and asked where to stand to avoid arrest. In past protests, the technique always proved successful. But this time, no officer said a word. One pointed back in the direction of the protesters, refusing to let me leave. Another issued a notice that everyone in the area was under arrest.

I wound up in a back corner of the space between the YMCA and a neighboring building, where I met Vivian Ho of the San Francisco Chronicle and Kristin Hanes of KGO Radio. After it became clear that we would probably have to wait for hours there as police arrested hundreds of people packed tightly in front of us, we maneuvered our way to the front of the kettle to display our press credentials once more.

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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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‘Occupy Sketchbook’ Offers Cartoonists’ Take on #OWS

Cartoonist Susie Cagle was very publicly arrested last month while covering the Occupy Oakland protest. And yet, in its recent list of journalists who had been arrested while covering the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Associated Press did not include Cagle. We suspect it’s because she’s a cartoonist and not a traditional journalist. A new project called Occupy Sketchbook–which compiles cartoonist reports from across the Occupy movement–has just been launched to help erase that distinction.

The Washington Post spoke with Occupy Sketchbook cartoonist Matt Bors about his role in covering the Occupy movement. Bors argues that good cartoonists are “embedded” in the movement and are producing far more thoughtful work than most other journalistic mediums.

“Corporate media is met with skepticism by protesters — and with good reason. I’ve found that sitting and talking to people with a sketchbook is a far better way to gain insight than shoving a network camera in their face. That only yields sound bites.”

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Society of Professional Journalists Condemns Arrests of Journos Covering #OWS

The Society of Professional Journalists has officially condemned the arrests of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street protests, and called upon New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city leaders to drop all charges against reporters who were simply doing their jobs. In a release, SPJ President John Ensslin notes that at least six journalists have been detained or arrested across the country while covering these protests. He does not include cartoonist Susie Cagle in his list–who was arrested by Oakland police while covering protests in that city and told if she was arrested again she would be charged with a felony.

Full SPJ statement after the jump.

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Susie Cagle Tells Story of her Arrest in Oakland

Journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle was arrested last week while covering the massive Occupy Wall Street protests in Oakland. Upon her release, Cagle was told by police that if she was arrested again at the Occupy protests she would be charged with a felony.

She tells her story on Alternet.

When I told my arresting officer that I was press, I was first told, “We’ll take care of that in a minute.” That next minute turned into 15 hours in two different jails.

First, we were split up by gender for transport a few blocks south to be booked. This took three hours. Upon arrival at North County jail, we were searched by Alameda County sheriffs (“Do you have any weapons of mass destruction?” they asked while grabbing at our breasts) and urine tested for pregnancy. That night bled into day, when all 25 women were transferred to another jail 40 minutes outside Oakland, because no jail in the city is technically equipped to handle female inmates.

Upon transfer to Santa Rita jail, demonstrator Andrea Barrera was denied her prescription antibiotics and threatened with recourse. “Maybe I’ll accidentally lose your paperwork and you’ll be here all week,” Sheriff Fox told her, only one of many times such a threat was made against us “prisoners.” Barrera did not receive her medication until her release.

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Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested at Occupy Oakland Protests

Second generation cartoonist Susie Cagle, daughter of Daryl Cagle, was arrested last night, along with dozens of others, during the Occupy Oakland protests. Cagle has been working on an illustrated history of Occupy Oakland, fundraising the project through Spot.us. No word yet if she had a press pass when she was arrested. Her father writes that she was swooped up by police in an attempt to stop protesters from marching to the police station.

If Cagle was simply covering the event, and not an active participant, here’s hoping she sues the police–just like Amy Goodman did after she was wrongfully arrested while covering protests outside the 2008 Republican convention. The media has an inalienable right to cover meaningful news events. They shouldn’t be arrested for doing their jobs.