Robbery and Hate Crime Charges Dropped Against Occupy Oakland Protestors

By: Brian Shields - Tue, 22 May 2012 17:42:07 -0800

     OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Alameda County prosecutors have dropped robbery and hate crime charges against three Occupy Oakland protesters.

      Thirty-three-year-old Michael Davis, 23-year-old Nneka Crawford and 25-year-old Randolph Wilkins were facing trial on the charges before they were dropped on Monday.

      The three were accused of involvement in a confrontation with 42-year-old Kelly Stowers at a Feb. 22 rally. Authorities say Crawford yelled derogatory remarks about Stowers's perceived sexual orientation and Davis robbed her.

      The defense said Stowers used racial slurs and insulted and punched Davis.

      Deputy District Attorney Teresa Drenick says the dismissal was appropriate after Davis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vandalism in a separate case. The plea deal calls for him to receive three years of probation and stay away from Oakland City Hall.
      
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