Occupy Tucson Rousted From Park Despite Agreement with Permit Holders

In Current Events on November 4, 2011 at 21:13

from tucsonsentinel.com

In yet another example of police protecting property and the law of the 1% above the Constitution, people, and common sense, Occupy Tucson has been evicted from Armory Park to nearby Viente de Agosto Park, around 12:30 AM on Nov 4th.

To move the 20 overnight occupants of the park, the police department used 60 police officers. Was this use of taxpayers money and overwhelming force really necessary to move the peaceful group? Although Occupy Tucson was evicted, the police did let other members come and help the overnight residents move their tents to the nearby location.

The police didn’t use tear gas, concussion grenades or other use of force as they have in Oakland, Tulsa and other cities, and they didn’t arrest those present with few exceptions. However, the move was unnecessary. Occupy Tucson had already come to an agreement with the permit holders for their Nov. 5th Little Angels celebration to move their tents out of the way of the celebration and to monitor the event to keep it safe and fun. The police either didn’t talk to the permit holders or care about the cooperation between the groups. A spokesperson for the Little Angels event assured me that a letter was sent to the police about our agreement and cooperation for the Nov. 5th event. The letter appeared to make no difference in their decision to evict the group.

It is also unclear whether the police were “just following orders” of the city manager, mayor and council, but in Albany, the police refused orders to arrest protesters.

While the new location is strategically located, it lacks the public facilities, power, toilets and size provided by Armory Park. And who knows what excuse the police will use to evict the group from the new location. It is clear that unless the city manager, mayor, or city council steps in to support the group, the harassment may continue unabated with more citations being issued.

Contact the mayor and city council of Tucson to let the occupiers practice their First Amendment rights peacefully and secure from police state interference.

Mayor Bob Walkup, mayor1@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 791-4201

Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero, ward1@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 791-4040

Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham, ward2@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 791-4687

Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, ward3@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 791-4711

Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott, ward4@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 791-3199

Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, ward5@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 791-4231

Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik, ward6@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 791-4601

Tex Shelters

  1. I fail to find where Occupation is listed in the first amendment. Assembly and speech does not require setting up a village in a park. You may also wish to view the Supreme Court rulings on Speech through expression. You will find a tent does not = speech. Please understand the constitution before you invoke it in the name of breaking the law.

    • Thank God you aren’t a judge in charge of interpreting the First Amendment:

      The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

      See that part that says, “…interfering with the right of peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.”

      Tex Shelters

  2. IDK Tex, Why don’t the protestors just set up camp at a campground and pay for their nights lodging, by pitching your tent in a public park you guys are infringing on the rights of families that take their kids to those parks. Also, I don’t seem to remember any tea party protestors setting fires. Just my Opinion but as a father and grandfather I wouldn’t want my kids or grandchildren around the trash. I’m not a millionaire, I’m just a lowly truck driver who brings you your fuel for your cars, trucks, scooters, etc… That said, I for one am not one of your 99%!!!!

    • Yes, in some places where it might infringe on the public enjoyment, people have move. We were cooperating with local groups before we got kicked out in Tucson.

      So Jake, are you a billionaire? If not, you are part of the 99%, regardless. I can call myself African, but that doesn’t make it so.

      Groups are constantly cleaning and using parks that aren’t used for public recreation and mostly need government offices and banks.

      Certainly, the issue you bring up are concerns for all groups.


      • We’re all African Tex. Don’t tell me you don’t believe in evolution. Africa is the cradle of humanity we’re all from there regardless of skin color.

        As far as the Parks go especially in urban areas where there isn’t much park space, property taxes tend to maintain those parks, my property taxes and if people rent they pay thru the rent they pay their landlords. It’s their park it it is those Homeowners and Renters that are complaining to the police not you so-called 1%.

        Don’t get me wrong Tex, I’m not against Protesting, there is allot wrong in this country but when those protest turns into a squatters park it stops being an effective protest because the Cameras PU the Trash. Arrests and Anti-Semitism not the real message if there is even a message.

        For me from what I’ve seen them do when they actually confront the politicians it comes off as incoherent babble spoken in lockstep the way one speaks a sentience and the rest repeat as if their repeating an oath or something in unison.

        There’s a right way, an effective way to protest and the occupy folks have got it wrong and doing harm to the very goals they claim to hold dear.

        IMO that some of you older guys need to show them how it’s done.

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