Three #Occupy Oakland Goons Charged With Robbery & Hate Crimes After Battering Woman at Protest
The goons are ba-ack…
Three #Occupy anti-capitalist thugs beat a woman, stole her wallet and made offensive remarks about her sexuality.
Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24 have all been charged with hate crimes following an Occupy Oakland protest. (CBS Local)
The three #occupy protesters were charged with robbery and a hate crime.
Inside Bay Area reported:
Three Occupy Oakland protesters suspected of stealing an Oakland woman’s wallet and making offensive remarks about her perceived sexuality were charged Friday with robbery and committing a hate crime, both felonies, authorities said.
Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24, all of Oakland, were charged with the felonies by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hora. All remain jailed at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Bail for Crawford and Wilkins is $105,000 and Davis is being held on $100,000 bail.
Other possible suspects are being sought by police, said Sgt. Randy Wingate, the lead investigator.
Among the evidence against the three, besides the 42-year-old victim identifying them, is a video of the confrontation taken by a fellow Occupy Oakland protester.
“In the department we have zero tolerance for hate crimes,” Wingate said.
A hate crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against someone based on the person’s actual or perceived race, nationality or religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender, police said.
The confrontation happened about 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 4000 block of Piedmont Avenue. Police said that some Occupy Oakland protesters were demonstrating against a Wells Fargo Bank branch there when a woman across the street expressed her opinion about the Occupy movement and the way it’s being handled, Wingate said.
Wingate said a handful of protesters quickly surrounded her and prevented from leaving the area. Her wallet was taken from her purse, and protesters yanked a Barack Obama pin from her clothing, police said.
Wingate said she was also verbally abused, including making derogatory remarks about her perceived sexuality. A protester punched the woman, and she was bruised and scratched in the altercation.
Video footage of the protest posted to the Internet that captured the incident has been removed from the Internet also under the advice of the National Lawyers Guild, Leah said.