Oakland Occupiers Charged In Robbery, Hate Crime

The “Occupy” movement has pretty much died out, to the great relief of Democratic politicians who at one time thought it could be a liberal counterweight to the Tea Partiers. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way–the Occupiers revealed themselves as more a crime wave, and a singularly unhygienic crime wave at that, than a political movement.

The occupations have ended just about everywhere, but the crime wave continues. The Oakland Tribune reports:

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. …

Among the evidence against the three, besides the victim identifying them, is a video of the confrontation taken by a fellow Occupy Oakland protester.

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 the 42-year-old woman 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.

So, does that mean they are anti-Obama, or they didn’t think she was a violent enough leftist to be a true Obama acolyte? We can’t tell from the newspaper account.

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.

One of the weird phenomena of our time is the propensity of criminal gangs to video themselves beating up on innocent citizens and post the video on YouTube. They do this, apparently, because they are proud of themselves. Such self-posted video confessions have made it easy for police to solve many cases of assault, including this one:

One of the protesters shot a video of the altercation, which police viewed on the Internet. It has since been removed. Davis was arrested Wednesday and was arraigned on Friday . Crawford and Wilkins were arrested Thursday during a rally in downtown Oakland….

Here are mug shots of the three left-wing thieves. They are being charged with felonies because they stole the victim’s money directly, rather than using the government as an intermediary, according to approved liberal practice:

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