Occupy Denver: 26 new arrests from last night bring the total to 50 over two days

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Seven of the 26 people arrested at Occupy Denver's second run-in with the police last night faced their arraignment this morning at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center.

Seventeen of the volunteers arrested were released prior to this morning's arraignment, and the final one, Corey Donahue, is scheduled to go to court tomorrow. Four of those arrested were also taken into custody during the first round of arrests.

Although Friday afternoon's arraignment for the protesters arrested that day ended with only five needing to post bond, in large part because of prior offenses, all seven of those in court this morning required bail of between $500 and $1,000. Representatives of the Denver Anarchist Black Cross, the organization taking care of the brunt of Occupy Denver's legal work at this time, have said that all 25 of the arrest sentences carried a bail requirement this round, a much heavier repurcussion than the first 24. That of Corey Donahue, the final volunteer arrested around 11 p.m. last night after Mayor Hancock made his announcement about the 24 arrested, is estimated to be $2,500, the highest in Occupy Denver's legal history so far. Although the group rallied for public support at this arraignment, like the last one, the gathering this morning was meager: Only seven people attended in comparison to a full courthouse on Friday.

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Corey Donahue interacts with the police at last night's Occupy Denver protest.
The majority of the arrests were made between 7 and 8:30 p.m. last night, usually in an effort to protect the second incarnation of the group's kitchen tent from being removed. The most common charge is the city offense of disobeying a lawful order. Kerri Kellerman, Scianda Long, Caryn Sodaro and Corey Donahue were arrested both last night and on Friday in connection to Occupy Denver protests, and Donahue has since become somewhat of the face of the organization's interaction with the police.

Today's judge mentioned the potential for future charges to include restrictions from returning to the Occupy Denver site, though the city's legal team did not ask for that this morning. In the meantime, the Occupy Denver group is collecting funds to go toward the total bail requirements, and $500 was raised last night in preparation. Donahue's bail presents the most financial difficulty, and the group was unable to bail out all of the volunteers arrested in the first round until yesterday afternoon.

Today's general assembly meeting will be especially important, and it may involve another rally, but the main focus lies on bailing the remaining eight volunteers out of jail.

"There was a huge mobilization and a huge police retaliation last night across the world," says Catherine Keffer, a member of the group's legal team. "We need to deal with how we'll not be attacked on a nightly basis and how we'll deal with the police. I still don't know what we're going to do with Corey's bail. That will be tough."


Below is a list of the arrests made:
1. Anthony Habblewaithe, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
2. Josh Jackson, disobeying a lawful order
3. Daniel Justice, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
4. Kerri Kellerman, interference with police authority and obstruction of a street or passageway
5. Lana Nicole Kirby, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
6. Scianda Long, obstruction of a street or passageway
7. Julian Roberts, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
8. Christopher Thomas Schiano, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
9. Chistopher Lee Scott, obstruction of a street or passageway
10. Jason Ball, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
11. Christopher Bidwell, interference with police authority and obstruction of a street or passageway
12. Dwane Brown, interference with police authority
13. Kristen Custer, interference with police authority and obstruction of a street or passageway
14. Liane Debacke, interference with police authority and obstruction of a street or passageway
15. Anya Epstein, interference with police authority
16. Michael Gist, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
17. Matthew Russell Goodman, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
18. James Stacey, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
19. Colin Starner, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
20. Gabriel Westen, disobeying a lawful order
21. Joshua Wilson, disobeying a lawful order and obstruction of a street or passageway
22. Brenda Kaiser-Kee, unkwnown
23. Amber Restorick, interference with police authority and obstruction of a street or passageway
24. Gerald Duncan, interference with police authority, disobeying a lawful order, resisting police authoity and obstruction of a street or passageway
25. Corey Donahue, disturbing the peace, petty theft and unlawful sexual contact
26. Caryn Sodaro, unknown

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "The police moves in on Occupy Denver's largest gathering yet -- with pepper spray (PHOTOS)."


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