1st Arraignment - Murrieta Charges Update
Two of our people facing charges had arraignment today and set the date back for a settlement conference where the DA will have the opportunity to drop the outrageous charges (including felony lynching) filed after police violently arrested five pro migrant people on 4th of July. (The settlement conference is a routine next step after an arraignment, and while we hope the DA will drop the charges then, so far there is no indication of such a decision.)
The court also brought to our attention that police wrongfully set the bail at 10,000 each when court records showed it should have been no more than 5,000 each.
In addition to the excessive force and wrongful arrest to remove pro migrant people from the 2nd protest site, this further exposes the abuse of power and selective enforcement of Murrieta police. This isn’t surprising considering the extent of police and border patrol collaboration to support anti immigration organizing is still unknown at this time.
We will see if the DA and city of Murrieta choose to continue the aggression, knowing that the court is hardly critical of the narrative and credibility of police.
The three remaining people facing charges have arraignment next week. Let’s keep up the pressure! Toward that end, here’s a Thunderclap post: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/15501-call-in-call-out . If 100 people support this by September 2, it will trigger a synchronized social media alert urging another round of call-ins ahead of the second arraignment (which is on Sept. 3).