San Diego police arrested four Occupy protesters on felony charges after they interrupted Mayor Jerry Sanders’ final State of the City address Wednesday night.
Disturbing a public assembly — such as a City Council meeting or Sanders’ annual speech — normally spurs only a misdemeanor charge. But in this case, police added a felony charge of conspiracy to commit a crime for each person.
I called Asst. Police Chief Boyd Long and asked why police added the felony charges. He wouldn’t go into too much detail, but said it was clear the group had planned to interrupt the mayor’s speech.