On Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 the Oakland Police Department sent ten officers to Prince’s home to make good on their warrant. With their rifles drawn, the officers surrounded his home before entering and removing him from his bedroom in handcuffs. Prince’s warrant came from a court date where a third charge, PC 69, (threatening an officer) was added by the Alameda District Attorney’s office without notice.
With his first child expected to be born within the month, Prince needs all of our support so he can be home and ready to embark on fatherhood, rather than battling the legal system because he decided to stand up for what he believed in. A better world for the next generation, is that too much to ask?
During the 2012 Mayday protests in Oakland, the OPD switched up it's normal crowd control tactics and sent in 'snatch squads' to remove people who they perceived to be planning unlawful actions. Without any warning, groups of officers marched in formation directly through the crowd in search of their targets, as you can see in the below video. Prince was one of the activists to be targeted and arrested early in the day. More than three officers assaulted Prince, before one used their tazer to bring him down. It's more than clear that there was no reason for any of these arrests to be made, as no illegal activity (on the part of the protesters) was taking place. Prince was held for 72 hours, brutalized, and released with no charges. The DA quietly filed charges later, and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Two of the officers involved in Prince's brutal arrest on MayDay have been identified as Officer Fukuda and Officer W. Burke. Officer Burke was seen on Mayday, multiple times, pointing his rifle at people in the crowd, and waving it around carelessly. Officer Burke was also fired at one point, for falsifying search warrants, but was rehired in arbitration.
He is currently facing three felonies and a misdemeanor from his arrest at the May 1st General Strike, and is in dire need of support for bail, commissary, legal fees, and communication costs of Global Tel Link.
Prince is being held on $25,000 bail, which may change depending on whether the DA adds or drops charges at his arraignment on Thursday, March 21st, 2pm at Wiley Manuel Court in Dept 112.
Please donate, tweet #FreePrince, come to his court dates, visit him in jail, and write him Letters:
Hasheem Bason BIT300
Santa Rita Jail
5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568