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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:51 PM
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Protesters hit by car press for driver's arrest (Oakland)
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The two protesters struck by a car during the Occupy Oakland strike nine days ago now have lawyers. They want to know why police haven't arrested the driver of the car for attempted murder.

Attempted murder is a serious charge, but the protesters and their lawyers believe this was a serious crime. The lawyers, who held a news conference at Jack London Square Friday, said cell phone videos and witness accounts prove that the driver was angry, aggressive, and tried to pick a fight after he stopped his car.


"We want this person arrested for the attempted murder of myself and Margaret," said Lance laverdure who was hit by the car.

Margaret So is his friend who was also injured. She said in her videotaped interview that she is still waiting to talk to police.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8429027#&cmp=twi-kgo-article-8429027

Sandusky out on bail, this guy not arrested, and the one in DC not arrested... patterns, I love them.

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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:02 PM
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1. Charging and prosecution are normally at the discrestion of the prosecutor
They could go the Writ of Mandamus route, not sure it would be effective.

Anything about the driver that makes this suspicious? Any statements that tend to make it look political?
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:09 PM
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2. He's rich. They often get a pass.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:51 PM
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3. + Brazillion
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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:15 PM
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4. Can't they find the guy by his license plate
He's probably a Fortunate Son of somebody important.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:20 PM
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5. Thank you for the update on this story, Nadin!
There are still a shitload of unanswered questions about this....

:wtf:

PB
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ArcticFox Donating Member (654 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:58 PM
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6. Assault with a deadly weapon
How many times have cops shot a person for driving at them?
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:03 AM
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7. It sounds more like an attempted suicide than an attempted murder
"Marchers were walking down Broadway at 11th. A Mercedes Benz tried to cross the intersection. Laverdure jumped in front of the car, then began banging on the hood. The driver hit his gas, knocking down Laverdure and So."

Don't play in traffic.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:16 AM
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9. The tape of the incident is actually on the net
You should watch it
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:28 AM
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10. fail.
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 01:32 AM
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13. Oh, I see
In other words, guy pounds on your hood, you're within your rights to hit him with 4,000 pounds of metal that can travel 0 to 60 in oh, seven seconds or so? It's even better if you can drag him twenty feet or so in the process.

I don't know where you took your driver's exam, but mine stated clearly that pedestrians ALWAYS have the right-of-way.
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 04:51 AM
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16. If you jump infront of a car your fate is in the hands of Mr. Darwin and Mr. Newton
In most jurisdictions pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks and intersections where not prohibited by signage. I don't know of any jurisdiction where you can dive into traffic just because you happen to think you're making a righteous point.
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 03:45 AM
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15. Welcome to my Ignore list, douche - n/t
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:16 AM
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8. The guy floored it and carried a protester some 20+ feet. Not cool.
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Riftaxe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:45 AM
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11. Certainly stopped the protestor from beating on the
Edited on Sat Nov-12-11 12:45 AM by Riftaxe
guy's car hood. Yes I have seen the video.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:52 AM
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12. Yeah, the protester should not have done that. Period.
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Supply Side Jesus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 03:42 AM
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14. vehiclular assault....2 counts....press the DA
atrocious
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