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Saint Mary’s student arrested at Occupy Cal

By Jonathan Morales
Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 2:38 pm in Crime, Moraga, Schools.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m. 11/12: Slaughter has been released from jail, according to Occupy SMC and he is no longer listed in the Alameda County database. The case is listed as closed on the UC police logs.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m. 11/11: UC police spokesman Alex Yao confirmed Slaughter was arrested for the charges listed below and was banned from the Berkeley campus for a week.

A Saint Mary’s College student is among several people who were arrested Wednesday night as part of the Occupy Cal protests in Berkeley.

Robert Slaughter was arrested in Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $15,000 bail, according to Alameda County’s online inmate database.  He has been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a peace officer, and unlawful assembly.

Slaughter is a senior at Saint Mary’s and is from Berkeley, according to the group Occupy SMC.

I left voicemail and email messages with UC police spokesman Alex Yao earlier today, who has not yet responded to either. I called the UC Police Department’s main line as well and was told I needed to speak with Yao.

Occupy SMC, which organized last week’s teach-in at the Moraga campus, has been trying to raise money for Slaughter’s bail, said student Karina Acosta. She also emailed me a link to this video, posted by YouTube user ryanfrietas, which appears to show police hitting a protester with a baton and pushing the protestor to the ground. The video is dark and it’s impossible to see who exactly police are detaining, but Acosta says it is Slaughter.

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