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Jonathan, I could have included "OPD could not speak to Tran's charges" but that doesn't seem to me to add value. You can presume that I didn't try to speak to the city (though the DA is quoted in the article, couldn't speak to lynching charges or Tran's case either), but that's your presumption. I take my reporting seriously. On the other hand, articles about the city's internal dealing with Occupy Oakland -- say, the NY Times profile of Quan, or many articles about OPD -- often do not quote any protesters from Occupy Oakland. I think there is value in focusing on OO in some articles. Balance comes from many sources. Not every piece needs every perspective.
That said, I included part of that city statement above:
"The charge was later described in a city statement as "attempting to free those arrested from police officers through force" as opposed to the provocative 'lynching.'"
If and when I receive clarification from OPD I will publish that in some form as well. I very much look forward to hearing back from them.
Jonathan, Despite several contacts with OPD, I have not been provided with any explanation as to why Tran was arrested on the lynching charge. OPD is the only city entity who would know this. The PIO says she is working on it. Given this lack of clarity, I chose to leave their non-statement out of a brief article on the history of lynching charges.
Tran was also charged with obstruction, but never with assault on a police officer. To date the DA has not filed any of these charges.
I too would like to see these articles you mention. I have never seen anyone besides you make the claim that Tran assaulted an officer.
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