Occupy Protester Charged With Battery on Police Officer at “Peaceful March Protesting Police Brutality”

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

More of that mostly peaceful violent non-violence or something. Honestly, I don’t know what’s more annoying any longer: These Obama zombie protesters or the head up their ass reporters who continue with this absurd “peaceful” schtick.

An Occupy Oakland protester has been charged criminally for kicking a police sergeant last Saturday night following a peaceful march protesting police brutality.

Stephanie McGarrah, 28, of Fremont, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery, resisting and obstructing arrest, and a probation violation by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office for kicking Sgt. Roland Holmgren in the leg following a peaceful Occupy Oakland protest at Frank Ogawa Plaza Saturday night, police said.

Also charged with obstructing arrest was her companion Matthew Henderson, 35, also of Fremont, for trying to pull her away from arresting officers. A third man struck a police sergeant in the head with a picket sign and fled. He was not arrested. Both McGarrah and Henderson are free on bail, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s office records.

So let’s recap:  One kicks a cop and another bashes a sergeant in the head with a sign.

Mostly peaceful, except for the criminal assaults on cops.

The arrests came after a group of about 20 protesters, who were among the estimated 75 that had marched through downtown and West Oakland, surrounded a California Highway Patrol officer who was arresting a motorist for drunken driving. The crowd started angrily shouting, but tensions eased after Oakland police officers arrived at 14th and Clay streets.

Angry, but peaceful.

And wouldn’t you know it, but the peaceful assaulter has a rap sheet. Imagine that.

McGarrah is currently on probation following the November 2010 felony arson charge for setting a garbage can on fire during a protest over the killing of Oscar Grant by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on New Year’s Day 2009. The outcome of that case was not immediately available Thursday.

Oh, and one more reminder in case you didn’t get the message.

Aside from the two arrests, the Saturday night march was the second to go off relatively peacefully since a clash between Occupy protesters and Oakland police that led to more than 400 arrests in late January.

Relatively peaceful. Except for all the violence and angry shouting.

H/T Jedi.

5 Responses to “Occupy Protester Charged With Battery on Police Officer at “Peaceful March Protesting Police Brutality””

  1. Smokey Behr on 17/17/12 at 5:56 pm

    Steffie is going to be enjoying the hospitality of the Central California Womens’ Facility for blowing off her probation for FELONY ARSON.

  2. Dale Lanan on 18/18/12 at 5:34 am

    Don’t know where you get your information but your spin to make it look like Occupy is not trying to be peaceful is obvious.
    Don’t know the specifics o what you site but have personal experience of take down of a person carrying a peace sign at Occupy the Ports protest and obsessive use of force, area access denial, and really what amounts to an attempt at intimidation and setting an example so protest and assembly to make plain wrong direction taken in police enforcement and militarization of peace officers.. Occupy is a peaceful movement for change and for address of issues of wealth disparity and infringement of rights.
    I’ve asked and made plain that for justice to be served truth in reporting both by police, the press and the individuals involved needs to be bravely spoken up for.. The situation surrounding events sheds light to what happens and our nation rests right now in tatters as corporations are now considered citizens with right of free speech through money and they are using police tactical and firepower assault and prosecution technique of mil.