Update on Peter Howell’s arraignment

Peter Howell, the UC Merced undergrad facing a felony count for the Regents’ meeting, had his arraignment today around 10:45 am.  Brought out in orange scrubs and cuffs, Howell’s lawyer asked that the felony charge be reduced to a misdemeanor given that the prosecution’s case is so weak and that there is video evidence demonstrating that Howell never touched the weapon.  The prosecutor attempted to defend the position that he grabbed Kemper’s baton, but the reasoning was incoherent.  Here’s Howell on the scuffle:

“I put my hands on my chest and backpedaled,” Howell said in the interview. “I was trying to get away. (Officer Kemper) shoved through me, and he may have lost control of his baton. You can hear it rattle on the ground in a video. At no point did I strike him on the head, so I believe that statement was false.”

Regardless, the judge refused to engage the debate, pushing it back to the hearing date, now scheduled for February 22 upon the request of the defense.  The judge denied him release on OR but reduced the bail from $30,000 to $15,000.

Hands off Peter Howell!

Update: Howell’s lawyer, John Hamasaki, is looking for anyone who witnessed the alleged incident on November 17 at UCSF-Mission Bay.  Contact him at john@hamasakilaw.com if you are a witness, or else if you have photos or videos of the alleged incident.

Safety reminder: Please do not offer yourself as a witness if you have uncharged conduct from that day (that may also show up in photos or videos). This is not an assumption that anyone does, just a precaution. Also, please don’t discuss any possible evidence or witness testimony you may have in writing, including comments sections on blogs and over listservs. Due to the recent increase in state/university repression, we should actively consider being very careful with information, in order to care for each other and ourselves.


6 responses to “Update on Peter Howell’s arraignment

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  3. “if you have uncharged conduct”: in other words, all of those of us who were righteously resisting, regardless of The Man’s bogus laws.

    If you were there, you should contact Hamasaki and offer to help in any way you can. -Any- way! Remember, our truth is bigger than theirs, and we shouldn’t limit our reality to their truth.

  4. just a heads up for folks involved in this. especially lawyers…

    back in 99 at UC Berkeley a UCPD officer was particularly out of control during our occupation of Barrows Hall, well a number of officers were out of control that day…

    The one particular officer drew his baton at one point when they were arresting us individually and trying to clear out Barrows. UCPD and UC bureaucrats tried to charge one person with a felony charge in relation to this whole incident because the student spit at officers in response to their excessive force and brutality. I think a gun was even pulled at one point that night by UCPD. Both the felony assault charge and other attempted charges against two other students were eventually dropped.

    For a little bit more details on the defense for that. You could talk to Mark a lawyer that defended us from NLG, Hunter Pyle from NLG, or Walter Riley…

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