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Homeless moms evicted from Oakland house won’t be charged

OAKLAND, Calif. — Homeless mothers who were evicted last month from an Oakland, California, house where they were squatting will not face charges, according to their lawyer.

Moms 4 Housing members Misty Cross and Tolani King, along with supporters Jesse Turner and Walter Baker, were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor resisting and obstructing their eviction. The Alameda County District Attorney’s office on Thursday informed all four that they won’t be charged, said attorney Micah Clatterbaugh.

“The DA did not appear interested in making a big political issue out of this, out of prosecuting them,” Clatterbaugh told the Mercury News.

Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the newspaper.

The women were evicted Jan. 14 from the vacant house on Magnolia Street that they and their children had illegally occupied since November. Sheriff’s deputies used a battering ram to enter and arrested the women.

A week later it was announced the women planned to move back to the house where they were squatting after speculators agreed to sell the property to a nonprofit organization.

The incident highlighted California’s severe housing shortage, soaring housing costs and a rising rate of homelessness.

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