Recently obtained court documents show that four additional demonstrators face misdemeanor charges for their involvement in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protest, bringing the total number of Nov. 9 protesters known to be facing charges to eight.
UC Berkeley students Jasper Bernes, Shane Boyle and Amanda Armstrong, and BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca, are each looking at various counts of resisting arrest and obstructing a thoroughfare — which means blocking the movement of a person in a public area — according to Alameda County court documents.
Bernes also faces an additional charge for allegedly battering an officer.
The documents say police were met with heavy resistance when the protesters blocked police access to the tent encampment by linking arms and refusing to move.
Each of the four defendants was seen in the front lines of the protests through video recordings, according to the documents. The UC Berkeley students are set to be arraigned March 19 and 20 at 9 a.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.
Armstrong said the charges represent the campus administration “outsourcing” the task of disciplining student protest to the District Attorney.
“There’s something profoundly disturbing to me about the fact that the State and the UC Administration evidently think that the people who still should be held to account for November 9 are the people who were repeatedly struck with batons that day, rather than those who ordered or carried out these strikes,” Armstrong said in an email.
This group of four joins four other protesters — including associate English professor Celeste Langan — who were revealed last week to have been charged for their alleged involvement in the protest.
Members of the Berkeley Faculty Association have circulated a petition calling on UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to ask the district attorney to drop the charges against the campus protesters. Demonstrators also staged a protest outside of California Hall Monday calling for the dissolution of the charges.
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