My Daughter Arrested During Occupy Oakland Crackdown

Last night, my daughter, cartoonist Susie Cagle, was arrested as she was covering the Occupy Oakland protests.

UPDATE #4: Susie appeared on ABC7 News to talk about her arrest:

UPDATE #3: Susie has been released from Santa Rita, but she has been charged with misdemeanor “present at raid.” According to Susie, she had her press pass in full view when she was arrested, and one of the Oakland Police Department officers even recognized her and knew her comics.

UPDATE #2: Susie has been “signed out” of Santa Rita, but it’s still an indefinite amount of time before she is released.

Susie is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, California, charged with unlawful assembly, even though she was there covering the event and had a press badge. Obviously, they took her phone when she was arrested, but you can follow updates on her Twitter feed, @Susie_C. It’s being updated by her friend Joel Kraut (@myunderpants).

I’ll keep you posted as I know more.


One of Susie's sketches.

As many of you know, my daughter, cartoonist Susie Cagle, has been covering the Occupy Oakland protests. Last week, she was teargassed when police attempted to prevent a peaceful march of Occupy Oakland protesters from walking to the police department.

Last night, Susie was arrested along with dozens more, according to police. She’s been spending time at Occupy Oakland as part of her graphic series of the movement, which she funded through Spot.Us.

She’s not the first journalist to be arrested trying to cover Occupy movements. Nashville Scene reporter Jonathan Meador was one of two dozen or so people arrested by Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers at Occupy Nashville. And just yesterday, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer Kristyna Wentz-Graff was arrested covering an Occupy rally.

Here is her Twitter stream from last night:

#occupyoakland going to north county jail

#occupyoakland arrested in wagon now

#occupyoakland sounds like they are declaring unlawful assembly at north end of plaza

#occupyoakland oh and suddenly I’m on the other side of the police line, in the plaza, where assembly was supposed to be allowed

#occupyoakland Occupiers possibly holding another building here. Police are lining up on north side of plaza.

#occupyoakland At 16 and San Pablo now, under police helicopter lights. Wonder what this looks like from the plaza.

#occupyoakland listening to police radio as they point out their targets in the crowd 2 blocks south

#occupyoakland San Leandro coming in on OPD relief at 17 & Telegraph

#occupyoakland cops pointing at me, oh great

#occupyoakland being blocked by police at 17 and Telegraph. “is the jail going to be able to handle this?” over radio

#occupyoakland three minutes to leave, police: “mask up!!”

#occupyoakland first gas of the night? Big bang, “unlawful assembly” announcement

#occupyoakland Far more tear gas masks on cops here tonight than broken windows in downtown

#oaklandstrike bus fulls of police in riot gear heading south on broadway just a few blocks

#occupyoakland nearly run over by black bloc pushing dumpster into growing barricade. Also wood pallets, tires, newspaper boxes.

#occupyoakland 16th street barricaded by trash cans now, police copter circles lower and lower.

#occupyoakland Raheim Brown Free School & Community Center. Guessing this is what my source meant by the 2nd library

#occupyoakland banners unfurled from the roof declare the building a free school & community center

#occupyoakland “they didn’t break into it, they had the keys” says crowd

I’ll post more as I know more. In the meantime, follow her on Twitter @Susie_C.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post. For the past 35 years, Daryl has been one of America’s most prolific cartoonists.