“Am I being arrested? Please stop hurting me! I will cooperate with you.”
Mollie Costello, Occupy Oaklander and Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition member, repeated those words over and over as she was pushed down two stairwells and dragged out of the Alameda County Courthouse. There with her comrades to protest the Alameda County District Attorney’s decision not to prosecute Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso for the murder of Alan Blueford, she was accosted by a silent three hundred pound sheriff’s deputy who neither arrested her nor ordered her to leave, just seized and shoved her caveman style down stairs and out into the street.
On March 5th, 2013, the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition (J4AB) held a major rally outside the Alameda County Courthouse to demand that California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, open an investigation into the murder of Alan Blueford. Unbeknowst to all but an inner circle, a civil disobedience action was planned to coincide with the rally. A group of people willing to be arrested in order to call attention to J4AB’s demands were to proceed to District Attorney Nancy O’Malley offices on the 2nd floor of the courthouse and conduct a peaceful sit in; they would also be protesting O’Malley’s farcical report (1) from October, 2012, clearing Masso of wrongdoing when he stood over Alan Blueford on May 6th, 2012 and executed him.
This is one person’s inside story of how it all came down.