OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Twelve people charged with crimes in connection with Occupy Oakland protests have been ordered to stay away from Frank Ogawa Plaza and the Oakland Convention Center, Oakland officials said Friday.
The 12 defendants were all charged in connection with Saturday’s protests, when a crowd estimated by police at around 500 people attempted to break in to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. The group had stated that it planned to take over a vacant building in order to create a community center and headquarters for the Occupy movement.
More than 400 people were arrested in connection with Saturday’s protests, which also resulted in a break-in and vandalism at City Hall.
Of the twelve defendants arraigned Thursday in Alameda County Superior Court, eight were charged with misdemeanor offenses and four with violent felonies, according to prosecutors.
Officials released the names and photos of 11 of the 12 people who received stay-away orders.
They are Adam Weathers, charged with possession of a controlled substance, criminal threats, remaining at the scene of a riot, and felony resisting arrest or obstructing an officer; Joseph Briones, charged with battery and remaining at the scene of a riot; Chloe Heather Watlington, charged with vandalism and resisting arrest; Joanne Warwick, charged with blocking the sidewalk and resisting arrest; Robert Ovetz, charged with resisting arrest; Geoffrey Weiss, charged with resisting arrest, blocking the sidewalk and remaining at the scene of a riot; Michael Lubin, charged with felony assault; Joseph Hoover, charged with resisting arrest and blocking the sidewalk; Jason Ozolins, charged with resisting arrest and conspiracy; Ahimsa Winthunder, charged with assault and felony conspiracy and Mario Casillas, charged with felony assault.
City officials say Occupy protestors have stated their intention to hold weekly marches that call for non-peaceful participants to take part in militant actions.
“This type of destructive and aggressive behavior is not welcome in our city,” Police Chief Howard Jordan said in a statement. “Anyone who engages in criminal activity or assaults against officers or community members will be arrested.”
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