Chapter helps arrested journalist
Thanks to work by SPJ’s Northern California Pro chapter, cartoonist Susie Cagle was cleared of all charges following her arrest at the Occupy Oakland protest in November. Cagle credits the chapter’s letter to Oakland police chief Howard Jordan as the impetus that led to her charges being dropped. “Not the massive amount of media I did afterwards, or my tell-all article shared hundreds of times – it had to come directly across their desk.”
SPJ NorCal issued a letter to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Chief Jordan condemning the arrest of Cagle during Occupy Oakland protests on Nov. 3. Cagle was arrested and held in custody for 15 hours despite displaying a press badge and identifying herself as a journalist and despite the fact that an officer at the scene acknowledged his familiarity with her published work.