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Occupy Lawrence members report crimes at South Park camp

October 25, 2011

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Members of the Occupy Lawrence group filed several police reports over the weekend and on Monday.

Jason Phoenix, a Lawrence resident and active member of the group, said that he was physically struck in the park some time after 2 a.m. Sunday. Police responded to the scene, records indicate, but the unidentified suspect had already fled.

Phoenix called the police department again Monday evening, saying he believed the suspect had returned to the park. The suspect was later identified in Douglas County Jail records as a 21-year-old Lawrence man. The suspect allegedly left the scene on a bicycle as police officers attempted to speak with him, leading to a charge of attempt to elude public officials.

Capt. Jim Martin said Monday night that no charges had been filed in the case.

Martin also confirmed that someone who had been at the Occupy Lawrence camp reported on Monday morning a possible sexual assault. He said he did not believe the victim or any possible suspects were members of the group but rather were transients who stayed in one of the group’s tents Sunday night.

Though he was not present at the camp Sunday night, Phoenix said he was told of the filing of the sexual assault report. He said that witnesses had told him that two men and one woman came into the camp seeking a place to sleep and were offered one of the open tents. He said that group members were “deeply affected” by the events and were considering new measures to ensure their safety within the park, including distribution of a flier titled “Creating a safe space,” which asks participants to “refrain from engaging in activities that are not conducive to creating and maintaining a safe space.”

The group took down their tents Monday and said they intend to remain in the park overnight but no longer felt that the tents were safe.

Both investigations are still open and Martin could not confirm any more details about the alleged battery or sexual assault.

Comments

smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

The 'Bonus Army' War in Washington http://www.historynet.com/the-bonus-army-war-in-washington.htm

some 15,000 veterans, many unemployed and destitute, descended on Washington, D.C. to demand immediate payment of their bonus. They proclaimed themselves the Bonus Expeditionary Force but the public dubbed them the "Bonus Army." Raising ramshackle camps at various places around the city, they waited. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snprelief4.htm

photos http://www.google.com/search?q=Bonus+Army&hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLR_enUS255US257&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=nl6pTvffIoausAL3iuSvDw&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1016&bih=531

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tomatogrower 2 years, 6 months ago

So, mostly I hear the conservatives are equating setting up tents in a public park where they aren't hurting anyone to protest the corporate take over of our government is a crime on par with rape and assault? Disgusting.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 6 months ago

it appears, from the nature of many comments on this thread, that many who oppose the occupy movement are in favor of sexual assault.

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75x55 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, when you advocate anarchy, you may have to hand out a few fliers...

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 6 months ago

Those tents a Brownie or Girl Scout would not even use. Those things look like what a momma puts out for the toddler to play in. As for assaults. that's hard to believe given the proximity of the Police Station and the numerous times police cars are exiting from the station just across the street. All of the protestors and they couldn't catch the person who did the crime? I thought the protestors were tough, mavericks, hewn from rough stock and could handle pioneer ways. NO. they were just passing time.

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cozborn 2 years, 6 months ago

I dont see anything about tents in bill of rights. Could you point that out to me wayne?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

Bunch of fair-weather protestors who were not willing to take some lumps for their grand cause. Morris the cat is now their official mascot.

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waynelsworld 2 years, 6 months ago

It seems to me that the only ones breaking the law are those that have abused their power and authority to order the police to take action when they knew darn good and well that they were doing so. They were just hoping it would all go away. Not on my watch. They will be called out in the forum of public opinion, the courts, and hopefully the ballot box.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 6 months ago

Looks like the police cleared the South Park campsite last night; the Occupiers declined the opportunity to be arrested.

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waynelsworld 2 years, 6 months ago

It is not okay to break the law anytime. These demonstrators I argue have broken no laws and are challenging one based on the fundamental rights that protects them to do so. Governmental interference of those rights are strictly prohibited by the 1st Amendment and applied to state and local government by the 14th Amendment.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The Due Process Clause prohibits state and local governments from depriving persons of life, liberty, or property without certain steps being taken to ensure fairness. This clause has been used to make most of the Bill of Rights applicable to the states and local governments. Its Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction. This includes our friends in the park.

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Fatty_McButterpants 2 years, 6 months ago

It's funny how so many people are stating that these protestors deserve what happened to them because they were violating the law, or that "the law is the law" and, as such, should be enforced . . . but then complain about getting a traffic ticket as being purely an attempt by the city to generate revenue. I see. So it's okay when YOU break the law, but not okay when others do, right?

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 6 months ago

Oakland protestors invaded Chase Bank and busted up an ATM machine, tore up deposit slips, threw and shattered a glass jar, damaged the front door, tore the chords off two computer keyboards, terrified customers and employees, overturned chairs and tables.

Can you justify this deec?

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newmedia 2 years, 6 months ago

Hoping for a cold, windy rain the next couple of days. Please pass the soap. March On!

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Getaroom 2 years, 6 months ago

Those who have posted today in such a way as to cast blame on the "Occupiers" for crimes committed against them have no shame and only choose to draw attention to themselves in an effort to make themselves feel better and draw some support from other narrow minded naysayers. They blatantly show their ignorance, lack of compassion, empathy and general disdain for people who make them feel uncomfortable doing something in a public way and they do not have the will or courage to do anything proactive to better their own lives, or that of a community. Ignorance is not bliss. The transient and homeless population living here are also not representative of those who commit such (possible) crimes as described in this article. Yes, some do, but not the majority of those uninvolved, yet blamed and would resent being lumped together I am sure. No one really knows the lives of the homeless unless they are themselves homeless, been homeless, or worked closely to support the homeless in person. It seems the negative posters only know how to protest a Government they do not understand and yet blindly support it by allowing corporations to run the country, blame a sitting president who happens to be black skinned and are then unable to give credit where credit is due, or identify correctly those who should carry the responsibility of leadership failures. They loudly blame Obama and yet support those who purposefully carried the country into ruin by way of lies and deception. And that is a good thing? Protesting the failure of government to offer protection to it's citizens from the absolute greed of Profiteers on Wall Street and right here in this state is a bad thing? Get your priorities straight instead of putting down people who care enough to give a presence and a voice to things gone badly wrong in this country. This country is falling over from being way too top heavy, help correct that trajectory before it is too late.

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waynelsworld 2 years, 6 months ago

Peaceful demonstrations are by they're very nature protected and used to provide a manner in which disatisfaction can be emphasised with out overthrowing the government. Hardly akin to "The Turner Diaries".

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pepper_bar 2 years, 6 months ago

Police cleared Occupy Oakland this morning, and built a fence around the plaza where the Occupy group had set up camp.

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ddhawkfan 2 years, 6 months ago

I'll say this much, I'm ashamed to say I live in Lawrence, if half the posters in this are from here... you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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waynelsworld 2 years, 6 months ago

Hardly an exaggeration.

Hyperbole is an exaggeration that is fanciful and everyone knows it could not be true such as " Your feet are as big as a barge!" Everyone recognizes that no one has feet that are 700 ft long.

We fought WW2 to hopefully avert that for the future. History has already shown us that the above is no exaggeration.

When we stand idlely by while others are persecuted then we give up our right to not be persecuted as well or we are assimilated. That was the defense used by the Nazi War criminals.

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waynelsworld 2 years, 6 months ago

Have you no human decency? The bloggers that think these folks in the park are getting what they deserve will one day be drug from their homes and summarily shot by the very corrupt government that they would support. Oh sorry...... I guess you will be part of the 1% that gives the orders to have the rest of us shot because we believe that basic human rights should be cherished, protected, fought for, and if necessary die for. You are hypocrites that do nothing for your society, your neighbors, and probably your family. You sit behind your computers with your doors locked in fear of making any kind of real difference with your face in front for all to see. You want your comfortable, meaningless lives to be left alone and not questioned for what you have contributed to the good of others because you have done nothing for the good of others.

Self-interest is what got us in this mess. Greed and corruption are all the result of self-interest. God help us if you are the answer to our future.

Big kudos to the police department for doing their duty to serve and protect all of the citizens of Lawrence Kansas. Big kudos to those who are demonstating as they are the children of our democracy.

Not to worry you are probably right in that the weather will stifle their campaign for truth and justice and the American way of life. You can then criticize someone else for standing up for some other issue that you don't agree with or just wish to negatively impact.

I shall in this instance judge you…. Shame on you!!!….If you have any shame.

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repete66211 2 years, 6 months ago

Occupy Lawrence, a group which refuses to recognize that parks have hours of operation, illustrates why parks have hours of operation.

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gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 6 months ago

“Creating a safe space,” which asks participants to “refrain from engaging in activities that are not conducive to creating and maintaining a safe space.”

This brings the lolz. Circular logic is circular.

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LJ Whirled 2 years, 6 months ago

Beware the homeless, and engineers on bicycles!

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deec 2 years, 6 months ago

Seriously? Someone is violating a minor law, like say being drunk in public, so they are fair game to be attacked? A kid out after curfew deserves to be punched? Someone jaywalking needs to get hit by a car; that'll teach 'em a lesson.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 6 months ago

Do not attempt to identify which laws should be enforced and which should not. Occupy Lawrence will make this determination for you.

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Armored_One 2 years, 6 months ago

I hope whoever it was that assaulted Phoenix gets bounced according to the law. That is the core of my entire complaintabout them being in the park, though.

That they were protesting was fine. I could care less either way. The fact that they had a permit was all well and good, but the fact that it ended on Sunday and they didn't get ticketed until Thursday, if I remember correctly, was my complaint.

I don't care why they were there, but laws exist for a specific reason. They need to be enforced or they were a waste of the ink used to sign them in to being.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 6 months ago

Never before have I seen people gloating and cheering on the occurrence of a sexual assault.

Disgraceful.

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its_just_math 2 years, 6 months ago

Maybe the attackers are upset transients. They're upset that their ni-night time spot has been occupied.

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ignatius_j_reilly 2 years, 6 months ago

Every single person who will comment on this thread already made up their mind on the article before they read it. Don't waste your time here. This is what's wrong with America. Some news story comes up, and we all run home to Mommy and Daddy (the Republican or Democratic Party) to ask them how we should feel.

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 6 months ago

If a person was raped at a local bar, you would all be screaming to close the bar and blame the owner. Occupy Lawrence provides a rape tent and their supporters don't want to blame Occuy Lawrence. I would be lying if I said I was surprised.

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kernal 2 years, 6 months ago

Forecast for today: hot wind mixed with blathering, finger pointing and told you so's.

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kseagle 2 years, 6 months ago

Nothing but a pile of trash down there anyway. May as well relocate the entire bunch to the city dump. And then forget about them.

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demonfury 2 years, 6 months ago

Try setting up camp a 6 West 6th Street. Don't think any one will get assaulted there except by new taxes and fees thought up by Dave Corliss and his pack of rubber stampers.Yes, that would include the Mayor, the same brain child who spoke for the city and openly authorized this group to break the law in the first place. This is a perfect example of "Stupid is as stupid does". Kinda predictable to see that a homeless person decided to just use an empty tent. Maybe Loring henderson can direct the overflow of drunks to South Park for their over night shelter. This whole thing is nothing more than Lawrence's version of reality TV. Now there's quality entertainment.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 months ago

Such a display by all you celebrants of Schadenfreude.

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fu7il3 2 years, 6 months ago

I think that flier will totally stop rapists.

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lunacydetector 2 years, 6 months ago

you have found the enemy and she is you.

i used 'she' to be pc.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 6 months ago

If they wouldn't have been in the park illegally, those incidents wouldn't have happened. Go home and get a life, or be arrested for the continual disregard for the law.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 6 months ago

These radical malcontents are the best of the best in Larryville. They are examples of the finest government education the Liberal Spring can provide. The cream has risen to the top.

Who says the future of this country they call United is gloomy.

Oh. And they can also multitask by reporting crimes while breaking the law.

Let transformation ring.

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

Don't you think some of the behavior by "outsiders/homeless" was predicted by the city and LPD and that's why they are being pushed out of the park? The LPD knows more about what people are capable off then any of us know.

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Wadde 2 years, 6 months ago

What about a skunk should facists call the law on a skunk that has more of a right to be in the park than they..how about if we just take the ordinance and have the supreme court in

Topeka overturn it with a silver mallet "unconstitutional"..

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pepper_bar 2 years, 6 months ago

Occupy Lawrence wants the LPD to enforce the law.

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fatheadff 2 years, 6 months ago

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