No charges filed against three arrested and still in custody after Kink.com protest 

click to enlarge Three protesters arrested Sunday are still in custody even though no charges have been formally brought against them pending further investigation. - COURTESY OF GAY SHAME SAN FRANCISCO
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  • Three protesters arrested Sunday are still in custody even though no charges have been formally brought against them pending further investigation.
No charges have been filed against the three people arrested after a protest outside Kink.com’s Armory headquarters in San Francisco last weekend, pending further investigation, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Yet, they are still in custody, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Sarai Robles-Medez, 21, of Oakland and Rebecca Luisa Ruizlichter, 32, of San Francisco were booked on charges of lynching a prisoner and Prisca Carpenter, 24, of Oakland, was booked on charges of criminal threats against life, resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the June 28 protest outside Kink.com, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Robles-Medez and Ruizlichter are being held on $50,000 bail and Carpenter is being held on $78,000 bail, Assistant Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said.

The protest last weekend was organized by two Bay Area groups of queer activists, Gay Shame and LAGAI-Queer Insurrection. The protesters were at Kink.com in response to a party they were throwing called “Prison of Love,” where people invited were encouraged to “get arrested” and enjoy “solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and confinement,” according to a statement released by Gay Shame.

The activists felt that the party mocked the issues of prison rape and incarceration.

The protesters eventually left the Armory and many gathered around the 16th Street BART station. Once there, San Francisco police along with security guards from Kink.com descended on the station and reportedly with the security guards pointing people out for police, seven people were arrested.

Four of those arrested were freed Saturday night. The others are still in custody.

Those same two groups are planning another action Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the 16th Street BART station demanding that the last three protesters be released.

Correction: The ages for Rebecca Luisa Ruizlichter and Prisca Carpenter were originally inadvertently transposed.

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