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*Jan 8, Oakland Over 100 Arrest Made During Protest Of Bart Shooting

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*Jan 7, Alameda Officer resigns as Oscar Grant Is Remembered At Funeral
*Jan 6, Santa Cruz, Two Teens Charged With Gang-Related Fatal Stabbing
*Jan 6, Solano Co, Noted Plastic Surgeon Sentenced To Jail Time For DUI
*Jan 6, Martinez Suspects In Gang Rape Of Richmond Woman Arrainged

Jan 8, 2009 OAKLAND: MORE THAN 100 ARRESTS MADE DURING PROTEST OF GRANT’S SHOOTING DEATH

Oakland police made more than 100 arrests Wednesday night during an unruly demonstration spurred by the Jan. 1 shooting death of Oscar Grant III at the hands of a transit agency police officer, and protesters are planning another demonstration today. Many people were taken into custody on a variety of charges,
including arson and vandalism, during a mass arrest in the 2100 block of Broadway Wednesday night, police said. Officers recovered two weapons during the mass arrest, according to police, who also broke up an unlawful assembly in the area of 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue. Rally organizers said they will have another protest at BART headquarters at 9 a.m. today when the transit agency’s board of directors has a meeting.The protest Wednesday began peacefully at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit station, but forced the closure of that station from about 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. before protesters moved through the city.The Lake Merritt and Oakland City Center/12th Street stations were also temporarily closed because of the protest. The demonstration turned disorderly later in the night, with several acts of vandalism in various parts of the city. Evan Shamar, an organizer of the protest, said the police presence was “extremely intense” at about 8:15 p.m., adding that officers used tear gas in an effort to control the crowd.He said a group of anarchists, who were not part of the organizations hosting the rally, smashed a police vehicle before setting a garbage can on fire.Oakland fire Lt. David Brue said firefighters quickly extinguished a Dumpster fire at 12th and Madison streets around 7 p.m. Another fire was later visible at Madison and 16th streets around 8:45 p.m.Several blocks were closed to traffic in downtown Oakland and the windows of a McDonald’s restaurant were smashed in at 14th and Jackson streets.Trash was spread along downtown streets and car windshields were shattered along 14th Street.Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums walked to City Hall alongside dozens of protesters at about 9:30 p.m., and said “I’m just a guy out here,” adding that he aimed to speak with attendees of the protest.

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Jan 7, 2009 ALAMEDA CO.: UPDATE: OFFICER RESIGNS AS OSCAR GRANT IS REMEMBERED AT FUNERAL

The Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale station in Oakland on Jan. 1 resigned today to highlight a busy day of developments in the incident, which has received international attention. BART officials said an attorney and a union representative for officer Johannes Mehserle submitted his letter of resignation at a meeting today at which the officer was scheduled to be interviewed by BART officials who are investigating the shooting at the Fruitvale station shortly after 2 a.m. New Year’s Day. Before Mehserle’s resignation was announced, a BART spokesman said Mehserle has received death threats and has had to move twice to ensure his safety.Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man who worked as a butcher at an Oakland grocery store and was the father of a 4-year-old girl, was remembered at a two-hour-long funeral service attended by more than 700 people today as a loving father who liked to swim, play baseball and chess and fish.While Grant’s funeral service was taking place, Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks and dozens of others participated in a rally at the Alameda County District Attorney’s office intended to pressure the office to charge Mehserle in connection with the shooting. “This is an issue of grave concern in our community,” Brooks said in a phone interview afterward. “I’ve not seen anybody handcuffed on their knees begging for their life shot before. I would hope that it would be alarming to anybody who saw that.”  Brooks criticized BART for not releasing enough information about the shooting.  “I don’t understand the behavior of BART looking more like they’re trying to cover things up than they’re trying to conduct an investigation,” she said.  “One has to wonder, if the victim were not African-American, or the people involved in this incident – the people who were taken off the train – were not African-American and Latino, if the response would have been the same,” she said. “I think not.”  BART spokesman Linton Johnson countered Brooks’ statements this afternoon.  “I think we’ve been extremely forthcoming with the information that we are permitted by law to release,” Johnson said.  “I understand Desley Brooks’ frustration,” he said. “We share in the public’s frustration. But the bottom line is we’re held to a higher standard, which requires us to complete a thorough investigation and we have to gather all of the facts – and all of the facts are not in.” District Attorney Tom Orloff, whose office is conducting an independent investigation into the shooting, said he understands the urgency of the case. “I’ve been telling people in general these things take weeks rather than days, but this is one where there’s a high degree of interest so I’d like to get to a resolution as quickly as I can.” Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris, who on Tuesday filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against BART on behalf of Grant’s family, said after attending Grant’s funeral service that he’s sent a letter to Orloff urging him to file criminal charges against Mehserle.Burris said he also plans to send a letter to federal civil rights officials asking them to charge Mehserle under federal criminal statutes. However, Burris said he’s not optimistic that Orloff will file criminal charges against Mehserle, saying that he doesn’t know of any occasions in which the Alameda County District Attorney’s office has prosecuted a police officer for killing someone. More than 100 people held a noisy march and rally that started at the Fruitvale station to protest Grant’s shooting death and the crowd cheered when organizer Evan Shamar told them that Mehserle has resigned. At the same time as the rally, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said at a news conference at City Hall that Grant’s death “is a tragic moment in our community’s history.” According to city of Oakland spokeswoman Karen Boyd, Dellums said, “Too many young men of color are losing their lives violently in our community.”Boyd said Dellums reminded the community to remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. that even in grief and anger and outrage people must respect the processes underway and not let anger erupt into violence.Dalia Hashad, director of Amnesty International USA’s identity-based discrimination program, issued a statement from her office in Washington, D.C., today condemning Grant’s shooting death. Hashad said, “When an unarmed man is shot in the back after police put him face down on the ground, it is the time for authorities to demand action, not patience. Days after the incident, the officer still has not been interviewed.” Hashad said, “The delay in this critical part of the investigation hints at the callousness to the worth of human life to a public that is all too familiar with racial profiling, police brutality and cover-ups.”She said, “Whatever the final investigation reveals, the bottom line is that there is never justification to shoot an unarmed person, especially one who is restrained. It is an obvious violation of the most basic human rights standards, and a clear cut abuse of power.” George Holland, the president of the Oakland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the organization is “appalled” at Grant’s death, saying, “There appears to be a surplus of evidence to support a finding that the killing was without probable cause and unjustified.” Holland called for the California Attorney General’s office to take over the investigation into the incident, saying, “We are concerned that the local authorities cannot be trusted to do a complete and thorough investigation.”The organizers of the rally at the Fruitvale station today said internationally known musician, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte will be the special guest speaker at another rally on Jan. 14.They said the rally will begin at Oakland City Hall and finish with a march to BART headquarters several blocks away. In addition, the Fruitvale rally organizers said there will be another protest at BART’s Board of Directors meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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Jan 6, 2009 SANTA CRUZ: TWO TEENS CHARGED WITH GANG-RELATED FATAL STABBING

Two Watsonville teens accused of fatally stabbing a 22-year-old man in Santa Cruz Friday night have been charged with murder and face up to life in prison if convicted, according to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office. Martin Holguin, 19, and a 17-year-old who prosecutors have not named, have been charged with murder and several enhancements for acting as active members of a criminal street gang in the fatal stabbing of Vincente Christopher Moreno, Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore said.The 17-year-old has been charged as an adult, and both defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on all charges and enhancements, Moore said. The 17-year-old is being held in juvenile hall on $1 million bail, and Holguin remains in the county jail on $1 million bail, according to Moore. Santa Cruz police officers responded around 11 p.m. Friday to reports of the stabbing in the area of Soquel Avenue and Frederick Street, police spokesman Zach Friend said. Moreno, Holguin and the 17-year-old boy had apparently been
involved in a verbal argument and exchanged gang slurs on a Santa Cruz County Metro bus before they exited and the fight escalated, according to police.Moreno was stabbed several times in his torso and the suspects allegedly fled toward  Capitola Road.Santa Cruz County sheriff’s officials were able to locate the 17-year-old suspect, who was identified by a witness to the stabbing, police said. The teen was arrested on suspicion of murder after being treated for a cut on his hand.Police searched the area and early Saturday morning located a knife investigators believe is the murder weapon.Holguin was not found until around 3 a.m. Sunday, when police arrested him at a campsite near the Pajaro River.Both defendants appeared in court this morning for arraignment and scheduled further arraignment for Jan. 21, Moore said. Friday’s homicide was the city’s first for 2009, with two homicides reported in 2008, according to Friend.

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Jan 6, 2009 SOLANO CO. NOTED PLASTIC SURGEON SENTENCED TO JAIL TIME FOR DUI

Well-known cosmetic surgeon and television personality Dr. Jan Rudalgo Adams was sentenced to one year in the Solano County jail for misdemeanor DUI in Benicia in June.Adams asked for the one-year sentence rather than a probationary term so he could get his physician’s license back, defense attorney Michael Cardoza said this afternoon. Adams was sentenced Monday in Solano County Superior Court in Vallejo and will report to the Solano County jail Feb. 6, Cardoza said. He has eight days credit for time served.Adams made headlines in 2007 as the cosmetic surgeon who operated on rapper Kanye West’s mother the day before she died.  He was arrested in Benicia June 26 on suspicion of drunken driving after he was spotted driving the wrong way on Interstate Highway 680, according to the California Highway Patrol. Adams, a 54-year-old Laguna Beach resident, was reportedly driving his 2004 Jaguar XJ8 south in the northbound lanes of the highway at about 2:40 a.m., the CHP said in June.  Several callers reported the vehicle to the CHP and officers pulled Adams over on Highway 680 at Lake Herman Road.Officers arrested Adams for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. CHP Officer Craig Kuehl said he was cooperative at the time of the arrest.Cardoza said Adams’ blood-alcohol level was 0.20 percent and that he has two prior DUI convictions in Los Angeles County. Adams’ drinking was from stress related to the death of West’s mother, Cardoza said.

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Jan 6, 2009 MARTINEZ: SUSPECTS IN GANG RAPE OF RICHMOND WOMAN ARRAIGNED

Two of the four suspects in the Dec. 13 kidnapping and gang rape of a lesbian in Richmond were arraigned today in Contra Costa County Court in Martinez, but did not enter pleas.A third suspect, 16-year-old Hercules resident Darrell Hodges, was arraigned Monday. He has been charged as an adult.The fourth suspect, a 15-year-old Richmond boy, was charged as a juvenile and will be tried in juvenile court.Hodges and the two men arraigned today, 31-year-old Humberto Salvador and 21-year-old Josue Gonzalez, were each charged with 10 felonies, including kidnapping to commit a sex crime and a series of forcible rape, forcible sodomy and forcible oral copulation charges while acting in concert. They were also each charged with carjacking and enhancements for causing great bodily injury. Salvador, the alleged leader of the group, was also charged with two additional counts of forcible sexual penetration. He faces additional enhancements for allegedly being armed with a gun during the assault and for committing a hate crime. If convicted of all the charges, the defendants could be sentenced to life in prison.The attack began at about 9:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Visalia Avenue in the city’s Belding-Wood neighborhood. The victim, a 28-year-old woman who was openly gay and had a rainbow sticker on her car to show her support for the gay community, was getting out of her car when the four suspects allegedly began beating and sexually assaulting her, police said. During the initial attack, one of the suspects saw someone coming and the group forced the victim into her car. They drove her to a remote area by the Bay Area Rapid Transit tracks, where they resumed the sexual assault, police said. During the attack, which lasted for about 45 minutes, the suspects allegedly made comments about the victim’s sexual orientation, police said. When they were finished, the four suspects allegedly left the victim naked near the train tracks and took off in her car. She was able to get help from a nearby resident, who called police and an ambulance. Salvador and Gonzalez are scheduled to return to court in Martinez on Jan. 15 to be assigned attorneys and to enter pleas.

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