Occupy Tucson: 351 Total Arrests. Now That's an Occupation, Phoenix "Occupiers"

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Tucson's "occupiers" can straight-up occupy.

According to the Tucson Police Department, 20 arrests were made yesterday during the "Occupy Tucson" demonstrations at two different parks in the city.

The 20 arrests make a grand total of 351 arrests since the "Occupy Tucson" demonstration began October 15, Tucson Sergeant Maria Hawk tells New Times.

Of the 20 arrests made yesterday, 12 were at Armory Park. An additional eight "occupiers" were arrested at Veinte de Agosto Park.

According to Hawk, 351 arrests doesn't necessarily mean 351 different people were arrested. She says several people have been arrested multiple times -- if they're arrested at one park, upon their release from custody, they'll often go to another park and get arrested again.

(Ahem) Brilliant.

Most of the arrests, Hawk says, were for remaining in a city park after hours.

Hawk estimates that on any given weekday, there are about 100 "occupiers" demonstrating in city parks. On Tuesdays -- when City Council meetings are held -- and on weekends, that number increases to up to 1,000 demonstrators.

Phoenix's occupation has been slightly less impressive, if we're using the number of arrests as the barometer for a successful occupation, which seems like the only logical way to gauge it considering the "occupiers" have no specific goal.

Phoenix police didn't immediately get back to us when we asked how many arrests have been made during Phoenix's occupation, but at last count there were only 46.

We dropped by Phoenix's occupation at Cesar Chavez Plaza again last week. Unlike the 100-plus who often "occupy" Tucson on a weekday afternoon, we only counted about 16 "occupiers."

We'll let you know when the Phoenix P.D. gets back to us with its arrest numbers.

UPDATE: Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times there have been approximately 50 occupation-related arrests since the "Occupy Phoenix" demonstration began earlier this month.



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Dumoudan
Dumoudan

When will the Mexican occupation of the United States end?

Thelatinodoctrine
Thelatinodoctrine

Here in Tucson, it is Day 17 of the occupation as our court appearances continue as we challenge our right to peacefully assemble. Where in the U.S. or state constitution's does it state that we can only peacefully assemble from the hours of 6am to 10:30pm or dawn to dusk? There are many issues all occupiers across the country are challenging and this is just one of them.

Saundra
Saundra

PRICE OF PROTEST One hundred thousand dollars of our taxes are funding this localized protest every week!  Wake up protestors—you are wasting your life, foolishly spending taxpayer money, and losing your virginity (like we need to know that).  Do something of value—volunteer at an animal shelter, a homeless facility, or a religious organization.  It’s appalling to see grown men and women walking the streets day after day in blind uselessness with no practical result.  An old adage springs to mind, “We long for immortality, yet we don’t know what to do on a rainy day”.  It’s sad to see so many rainy days when the sun is shining daily.

Wesleyeverett
Wesleyeverett

I'll never read this "news source" again.  I'm sure there are many jobless protesters who would do a far better job than Mr. King at reporting what is going on in AZ and around the world...maybe that's the reason for the senseless babble written above.  Do your job!

mirele
mirele

Again, another annoying, relatively fact-free post from James King. Again, I'd urge Mr. King to go down Occupy Phoenix, or make it a day trip and run down to Tucson and do a real story. I live in Mesa and I've been out to Occupy Phoenix. The people there deserve more than James King snarking at them.

Rachel Goldin
Rachel Goldin

No specific goal, huh? Maybe you ought to read a little more, and set your bias aside. This is you, too.DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE FROM CORPORATE TYRANNY, 2011  When in the Courseof human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the politicalbands which have separated the 99% from the 1%, and for the 99% to assume amongthe powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws ofNature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions ofmankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them toreassume the fruits of their labors.  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that they areendowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. WE NOW ADD THAT CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE; NOR SHOULD CORPORATIONS HAVE SUCH POWER TO ACT AS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT.— That to secure these rights, Governments and Systems are instituted amongMen, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — Thatwhenever any form of government, whether legitimately bestowed as such by thePeople or as formed by usurping the powers of the People little by little overthe course of decades, becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right ofthe People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new System, laying itsfoundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as tothem shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments and Systems long establishedshould not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly allexperience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils aresufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they areaccustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuinginvariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absoluteDespotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such System, andto provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patientThe history of the present POWER OF CORPORATIONSsufferance of the 99%; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems.This is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in directobject the establishment of an absolute financial and political Tyranny overthis Nation and World. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. THESE CORPORATIONS HAVE refused toassent to the laws of this Nation which are necessary for the public good. THEY HAVE forbidden Governors topass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in theiroperation till their Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, theyhave utterly neglected to attend to them. THEY HAVE refused to allow to passother Laws for the accommodation of the people, unless those people wouldrelinquish their inalienable rights, rights inestimable to them, formidable totyrants only. THEY HAVE called togetherlegislative representatives at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant fromthe depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing theminto compliance with their measures. THEY HAVE discorded RepresentativeHouses repeatedly, imposing with firmness their invasions on the rights of the99%. THEY HAVE refused for a long time,after such discordation, to cause others to be elected, whereby the LegislativePowers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large fortheir exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangersof invasion from without, and convulsions within. THEY HAVE endeavored to preventthe prosperity of the middle class of this Nation. THEY HAVE obstructed Justice byrefusing to assent to plans for establishing middle class economic prosperity. THEY HAVE made the peopledependent on their will alone for the tenure of their employment, and theamount and payment of the people’s salaries. THEY HAVE erected a multitude ofNew Offices, and sent hither swarms of CEOs, CFOs, and other Administrators toharass our people and eat away their substance. THEY HAVE combined with others tooutsource our jobs to jurisdictions foreign to our Nation, unacknowledged byour laws, and unaiding to our middle class. THEY HAVE combined with each other,compounding their power, to subject us to acts of faux Legislation: For outsourcingour jobs to all parts of the world; For abusing the legal process inorder to abscond from and avert paying their fair share of taxes for the goodof this Nation; For depriving us in many cases ofthe benefit of a fair Trial by Jury by advocating for and instituting tortreform that removes the recompense of civil redress; For transporting the wealthcreated on the backs of the people of this Nation to overseas “shelters,” whereso removed, it cannot recirculate to those people on whose backs it was created; For averting the system of thisNation’s laws by establishing legal domiciles in many jurisdictions outside ofthis Nation, establishing thereby an arbitrary government created from thequilt-work of foreign laws or lack of laws that have been strategicallyselected, thus enlarging their Boundaries so as to render an example that theyare beyond the long-arm of our laws and, by proxy, introducing the samearbitrary rules in effect over the People of this Nation; For eroding our right of freeassociation by undermining the abilities of Unions, thus abolishing our collectivepower and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments; For usurping the powers of ourown People by vesting in themselves the benefits of legal “personhood” without acquiescingin all the encumbrances of personhood. THEY HAVE abdicated Governmenthere, by denying us the of Protection of our laws and waging political,environmental and economic War against us. THEY HAVE plundered our seas,ravaged our lands, consumed our economy, and destroyed the lives of our people. THEY ARE completing works ofdeath, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty& perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totallyunacceptable in a civilized nation. THEY HAVE excited domesticinsurrections amongst us, and have endeavored to bring on the inhabitants ofour Nation and others undistinguished destruction. We, the 99%, now join together topetition for redress in the most humble and peaceful terms: Our repeated petitionshave been answered only by repeated injury. These corporations, whose characteris thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, are unfit to have somuch power over a free Nation. Nor have We been wanting inattentions to our fellow brethren. We have warned each other from time to timeof attempts by these corporations to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction overus. We have reminded each other of the circumstances of our emigration andsettlement, of our beginnings, here in this Nation. We have appealed to notionsof justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured each other by the ties of ourcommon kindred to disavow these usurpations which would, and did, inevitablyinterrupt our quality of life. Among ourselves, heretofore we have largely beendeaf to the call of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiescein the necessity, which denounces our separation from corporations, and holdthem as enemies in war, and should justice prevail and peace emerge, then weshall hold them as friends toward a common cause. We the 99% are therefore theRepresentatives of the United States of America, in general public assembly,and we appeal to the supreme powers of the world for the rectitude of ourintentions, and do, in the name and by authority of the good people of thisNation, solemnly publish and declare, that we are, and of right ought to be, freeand independent from corporate destruction, that we are absolved from all allegiancethereto, and that all political connection between us and the illegitimatepersonhood of said Corporations, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and thatas free and independent people and as guaranteed by the Constitution of theseUnited States, we have full power to levy this ideological war, to instituteand conclude Peace and prosperity for all people, not just the 1%. — And forthe support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of ourrights, our liberties, and our prosperity, we the 99% mutually pledge to eachother our dedication, our persistence and our honor to peacefully bring aboutthese ends.

Restitutiontouscitizensfirst
Restitutiontouscitizensfirst

he he maybe TPD did not get the memo about their retirement funds gone ! http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/...

Or maybe this is TPD expressing their feelings about needing a taxpayer bail-out themselves.

Time for TPD to join the occupiers against the criminality of the bean counters.

Macsplusmore
Macsplusmore

Maybe a few did get arrested several times. Nevertheless, 351 arrests period is uncalled for when you're only protesting peacefully. Assholes!

Tenzen
Tenzen

P.S.   And one other important article: "The Stunning Victory that Occupy Wall Street hasAlready Achieved" (athttp://www.alternet.org/stor...... By Joshua Holland)"In just one month, the protesters have shifted the national dialogue from a relentless focus on the deficit to a discussion of the real issues facing Main Street..." (and another variant on the same theme: Why Occupy Wall Street Has Already WonOWS brought the issues of equity, fairness, justice, income distribution, and accountability for the economic cataclysm front and center.)

tenzen
tenzen

How can you write that Occupiers "have no specific goal"?!?!  There are clearly stated grievances/mission/demands/proposed remedies/and specific consequences for all the "Occupy"s as a group online under the Declarations of the General Assemblies!  For example, a list of grievances at: http://www.commondreams.org/vi... and mission with demands at:  https://sites.google.com/site/... . ((For background, the origins of the 99%/Occupy 'movement' is available at:   http://ampedstatus.org/a-repor...  )

Ralph Nathan
Ralph Nathan

This is typical New Times reporting anymore.  They got lucky on the Arpaio issue and haven't paid attention sense...except to take advertising from strip joints and marijuana dealers.  It hasn't been worth the price you pay since I moved to Phoenix. I wouldn't even know about this "journalism" if James King hadn't joined my BOYCOTT NEW TIMES facebook page and put up a link.  http://www.facebook.com/groups...

Kit O'Connell
Kit O'Connell

So much snark in this post. It's as if the author never bothered to try to educate himself about one of the sides he's writing about -- but surely his journalistic ethics would prevent such behavior?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

We are here to inspire a nationwide movement to challenge the status quo of the economic system that subverts our government and our social fabric. 

I'd say Occupy Wall Street has accomplished this goal.  Wouldn't you? 

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Over and over, I read in the New Times about the dearth of "action" on social issues from the left.  However, when "action" occurs and people hit the streets, you decry it and put it down?  What gives folks?  You've got a real many-headed hydra there don't ya.

You gave far better coverage to the Tea Party rallys WITHOUT any arrests.  If you gauge arrests as the success of a social movement, then why is this paper's coverage so two-faced?

As for no "specific goal".  Perhaps you haven't been paying attention.  Mr. King, please listen to the following video and get with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Ask an occupier when he / she plans to occupy Mexico City to protest the Mexican occupation of the US.

Stephen Nash
Stephen Nash

I guess arresting peaceful protestors is just a source of humor for James King.  He seems unwilling to  explore what the protestors are calling for - too vague for Mr' King. Protestors are calling for a fair deal - Big banks and the Auto Industry were saved by government intervention, while millions of Americans lose their homes to forclosure - if you don't understand Mr. King, you shouldn't be covering the story.  

CJAZ
CJAZ

Stunning victory?

Oh, I get it... so the goal of Occupy Wherever is to get people to TALK about change and not actually CHANGE things. (Isn't that the Obama mantra?)

Paraphrasing the "falling tree in the forest" query... If a bunch of jobless hipster wannabes chant and pontificate, but no one on Wall Street/in Washington/anywhere else where decisions are actually made listens to what they're saying... do they make a sound? 

Kkjjss
Kkjjss

Are you a millionaire?  If not, these jobless hipster wannabes are representing you and protesting for your rights and economic future, numbnuts.

restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

Don't let James King and other corporate mouthpieces OCCUPY your brain.  

Clue,  "Jobless" is no longer an insult as it is no longer a self-imposed condition.  

Here to get you started:  "Corporatism Is Not Capitalism: 7 Things About The Monolithic Predator Corporations That Dominate Our Economy That Every American Should Know"http://endoftheamericandream.c...

HATE is a drug just like meth or heroin.  JUST SAY NO TO HATE.

CJAZ
CJAZ

Thank you for confirming what we all already knew: this protest is nothing more than another tiresome verse of Us-vs.-The-Man class warfare. The jobless hipster wannabe have-nots are whining that they deserve something that they haven't worked for - and are targeting the people who actually have marketable skills and a work ethic.

I'm not a millionaire. But these numbnuts do not represent me AT ALL.

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