Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes for Stealing Wallet, Protest Planned

By this point, it's clear that Oakland — or at least the city's mayor, police chief, and business and cranky old man communities — hates itself some Occupy.

The hating officially enters the criminal justice system today, when three Occupy Oakland protesters will appear in Alameda County Superior Court on charges of felony theft and hate crimes for lobbing gay slurs while allegedly stealing a wallet, according to reports.

Occupy, you can imagine, is none too pleased with what the movement's website calls “false and outrageously inflated charges,” and will react at their comrades' 2 p.m. court appearance today with — what else? — a protest.

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