Three Occupy Phoenix protesters were arrested today at Caesar Chavez plaza. The first was arrested for the city of Phoenix’s city code called “camping” as was the second person. This reporter personally witnessed the arrest of the 2nd person. Even though the Phoenix police claim this individual was arrested for camping there seems to be other details in this individual’s story. He was first arrested on 10-16-11 at Margaret T. Hance park as part of the original protesters who were suffering their first amendment rights that night.
In addition, this reporter witnessed the Phoenix police following this individual around because he was frustrated at the Phoenix police for threatening to tear down his canopy and take he and his friends personal belongings. This individual upon being followed around by members of the Phoenix police department went back to the canopy and said he was going to tear down the canopy and get he and his friends possessions so they would not be taken. Upon hearing this statement one of the officers angrily told the individual to stop. Then they asked him if the belongings under the canopy were his and he replied yes. Upon hearing this the Phoenix police who were already agitated at him placed him under arrest.
When this reporter approached the officer that had been angry with the individual to find out why the individual had been arrested the officer deferred stating: I didn’t arrest the other officer did. So, I went over to the other officers and asked them. A heavy set anglo officer bluntly asked if I were an immediate family member and I responded no, he then told me that he would not tell me. The brother and sister in law of the arrested individual then approached this reporter and I then asked them to go find out why he was arrested and they did so. When the arrested individual’s brother and sister in law then came back they told this reporter the officer would not tell them why their family member was arrested.
In addition, the lady who was arrested on a warrant has a friend that stated the police had picked her up on an unpaid parking ticket while the Phoenix police are putting out via their spokes person that this individual was arrested on a felony warrant. Many at the Occupy Phoenix Ceasar Chavez plaza are stating that the Phoenix police apparently waited for the main group of Occupy Phoenix protesters to leave on their “Move Your Money March” to come in and start looking for any personal property un-attended so that they could take it with the excuse that it was un-attended. As one Occupy Protester reflected, it was truly an irony that the police had waited for many of the protesters to leave so that they (the police) could come in like thieves and burglars stealing the property of American citizens suffering their First Amendment rights.
In addtion, other Occupy Protesters reflected that the Phoenix police were apparently spoiling for any excuse to tear down the canopy of the group of peaceful protesters known as anarchists since they had seemed to have an axe to grind with them since the Occupation of Caesar Chavez plaza had begun back on October 16th, 2011.
In addition, a motorist driving by honked his horn and was ticketed by the Phoenix police with a $153.00 fine for what they said was excessive honking. This reporter also interviewed the driver and passenger of this vehicle and it turns out they are regular peaceful protesters at the Occupy Phoenix Caesar Chavez plaza location. They claim that these police had an axe to grind with them also and used the ticketing as an act of retribution and intimidation for their involvement in the Occupy Phoenix movment. They further added that when stopped by the Phoenix police they were screamed at by the police and told to put their hands outside of the car as if they were gang members.
As of now, those Occupy Phoenix protesters arrested today were incarcerated in Joe Arpaio’s county jail. Many in the movement including various human rights activists are deeply concerned as to the treatment of these protesters as the sheriff, Joe Arpaio has forced Maricopa county tax payers to shell out tens of millions of dollars in out of court settlements for beatings, torture and deaths at the hands of the Maricopa county sheriff deputies who take their direct orders from the controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio. In addition, they are further concerned at the apparently very public decline in the memory of the sheriff and how that will effect the safe treatment of their fellow arrested Occupy Phoenix protesters.
Update: late into the evening of November 5th, 2011 another Occupy Phoenix protester was arrested under the medical canopy for nodding off.
In conclusion, there was no violence on the part of Occupy Phoenix protesters today. The only actions taken were those of the Phoenix police to move in on the Occupy Phoenix protesters at Caesar Chavez plaza to make arrests on very small offenses and then confiscate the personal property belonging to American citizens known as Occupy Phoenix-reported by Leonard Clark from Phoenix, Arizona