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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Kristen D Custer
Kristen D Custer

That reporter was warned, if you enter the Thunderdome, YOU WILL BE NUT TAPPED! This goes for anyone else so be warned now!!!!! All hail the ever resurrecting Thunderdome!!!

Samuelanders
Samuelanders

Occupy Denver protester Corey Donahue was arrested by Denver Police in Civic Center Park late Saturday night, October 15, 2011 and charged with assaulting a KCNC Channel 4 television photographer earlier in the day. According to a complaint made by the photographer Donahue grabbed the photographer's genitals and said, "Nut job," before waking away. Donahue was one of the original Occupy Denver protesters in Lincoln Park. He was also arrested Friday defending the group's community kitchen. Karl Gehring/The Denver Post

NaiveNoMore
NaiveNoMore

We must cause such a non-violent and peaceful, but formidable disruption, so that it throws a cog in the works and grinds Wall Street to a halt.

These people who were arrested (and names disclosed) are martyrs. They will only be rejected by the evil corporations that are on the wrong side of history. Better not to work for those jerk-off evil corporations anyway. Better to work for the government (the American People's Government, not a Communist one) and get a decent paycheck and pension, and say "up yours" to the greedy Wall Street tyrants.

Kcm2
Kcm2

I note that the charges are all about  police power, not about ANY harm to property or people. 

Denver cops enjoyed getting double time today. I was annoyed that there weren't any parking places at the library because there were: 7 police vans, 2 cruisers, two dogs and their handlers at about 4 pm. All for about 40-60 protestors with signs. 

The press seems to report that "blah, blah costs the police force" as opposed to the police force is "spending" X amount. It is a choice the Mayor and Governor made to be confrontational, when any "misbehavior" could have been handled with citations.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting post, Kcm2. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

job
job

Its clear to me now westword is now part of the protest. Thank you Michael for coming out of the liberal shadows. So much for objective reporting.

Bob Ethirteen
Bob Ethirteen

That's what I thought.  Cops getting paid over time for sitting around watching 50 or so people sit on a lawn.

They only way to win is vote the people out. 

Kcm2
Kcm2

and, the police cruisers were doing as much damage to the Park grass as the tents ever did.

DenverABC
DenverABC

PLEASE NOTE: Denver ABC did not knowingly provide these names and charges to the Westword. While several lists were passed out in court today, they were made available to folks could add names to the list in case we were missing any of those arrested.

We believe it's irresponsible to make these charges and names publicly known as it will affect the status of those who were arrested. This is now going to be googled and readily available all over the internet, no matter what the outcome of their cases, whether they are guilty or innocent. Whether they did anything of consequence or not, they will be linked to it no matter what.

We would ask Westword to take this list down. We've had a good working relationship with you up until now. Please just show some decency on this.

Thanks.

No
No

whether or not it came from your list, these names and their charges are all public record -- and were so before Westword published them.

if you don't want your name associated with a crime, don't do the crime.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The charges are public record, but your admonition is inappropriate; innocent people are charged with crimes all the time, and they have every right to resent the fact that people like you equate charges with guilt.

Kcm2
Kcm2

I agree completely. Who is served by listing the names of the arrested? 

Alert
Alert

Modern day knights hired by the modern day royalty to protect them from the modern day serfs.

NaiveNoMore
NaiveNoMore

We will not be silenced.

We will not be coerced.

We will have democracy.

The people will win, and we will cause the system to grind to a halt should that become necessary (and it will).

We are the 99 percent.

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

You guys want to be outspoken, got it

You are disobeying rules created for the better good of the citizens

Democracy is already here, you have the ability to vote, and speak your mind, as well as protest.  Had this been something other than democracy, like China, they would have just shot all of you and been done with it

Claiming that 99% is all 1 group eliminates whats left of the middle class, which I am, and I am not standing next to you. Don't group me in with your message as vague as it is.  Youre not 99% you have less than 1% supporting your cause, and over 50% of the country is merely laughing at you

You had one of the nicest weekends in Colorado history and only a few thousand showed up to support you cause. If that.  There was no local sporting events, nothing to detour people from coming, and that's all you guys got...

Bob Ethirteen
Bob Ethirteen

"coming, and that's all you guys got..."

I guess your right, if you exclude the rest of the country and the rest of the world who are staging similar protest.  

NaiveNoMore
NaiveNoMore

If voting could change anything, it would be illegal.

First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.

Guest
Guest

Looking at the names, I'm guessing this type of effort isn't a family thing? Not that its important today... but its interesting.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Who has accused Corey of unlawful sexual conduct?

P.S.  The most dangerous criminals in Colorado, John Hickenlooper and Michael Hancock, have both fled to Las Vegas -- now is the time to seize control of our City and State!

Branded Lately
Branded Lately

And how to you propose to do that, pray tell... Being angry and ranting on an internet blog doesn't seem very constructive.  Let's see some of the walk to match that talk, Robert.  

P.S. - Tell Corey to keep his hands to himself next time.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The nitwits here outnumber people with any sense at least three-to-one (which is better than the Post, where the ration is more like ten-to-one) -- you have one good insinuation, that I could find a better use for my time than arguing with sheeple.

DontWorryBeHopi
DontWorryBeHopi

some reporter for DenverPost. apparently the same reporter was engaged in shouting matches with protestors. sounds personal!! 

DontWorryBeHopi
DontWorryBeHopi

If you read the comments of the DP article you will probably get the best idea of what happened w/ Corey and the Police that you will find on the internet right now .

Its interesting that he was doing his best to act as an official representative/leader of the protest, was the first to pitch a tent, and ran the kitchen.

The second the breaking news was on yesterday he popped up in front of the cameras handing out sandwiches and trying to hand them to the police.

So it has to be somewhat dubious that the man who is probably to them the face of the problem and the biggest threat is all of a sudden removed in a manner that would cause his supporters to maybe question their support. 

Taint no thang.
Taint no thang.

Corey Donahue was arrested for grabbing a journalist's groin.  If someone did that to me, I'd want his ass arrested, too!

This is the guy who goes to MMJ rallies/meetings and lights up joints in the middle of everything, making the MMJ movement look really bad.  I suggest finding a different front man for the cause in question.  Being obnoxious and confrontational doesn't get us anywhere, but rather gives reason for the police to crack down and the media to cast things in a negative light.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Corey Donahue was not arrested for grabbing a journalist's groin -- you are a liar.

Peace|War
Peace|War

Sounds like another cointelpro op by corey donahue. The guy is either nuts, an agent, or both. Those that want progress in political endeavors would be wise to distance themselves from individuals like corey. CRAZY for justice strikes again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Perhaps if your grasp of current events was even as detailed as your perfunctory understanding of the history of infiltration and subversion of radical groups, you would not have made such an idiotic insinuation.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

Thanks for your post, it was a huge light bulb for me.  OMGosh!  Judas

Peace|War
Peace|War

I know a guy that was employed, or should I say "funded" by an undisclosed federal agency during the hippy protests in the 60s. He was paid in cash only to leave no paper trails, posed as an ally to the cause and infiltrated the group, then pushed protests to the extreme so they could be extinguished by law enforcement, discredited by the media, and diffused. Sound familiar?

Perhaps the person could have been lying but it was something he was not proud of and he seemed to have remorse for what he did so I believed what he said. He thought his actions were patriotic but in the end realized what he did went against the ideals of america. He sold out his friends and country for money and political special interest groups.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The animus of the corporate media against Occupy Denver extends to their minions.  These charges are intended to silence who the dimwits in charge of the police imagine is a "leader" of the movement -- they are just as incapable of understanding that the movement operates by individual will and consensus than European settlers of America could grasp that tribal chiefs did not exercise authority in the same way as kings.  We should multiply our efforts and turn the rhetoric and action way up.  I am sorry I didn't get to the arraignment -- nine hours of marching and shouting takes a toll.  Tomorrow, we will obtain the police report and discover which media stooge lodged the false charge against Corey.

P.S. Without regard for Corey, it is long past time that Occupy Denver realize that the only appropriate attitude towards the retrogrades at the Post is one of implacable hostility; it is the heart of the beast that is the corporate media in Colorado, many people suspect so, and even many subscribers realize that it is one of the worst newspapers in the country.  If we just stand underneath it with signs saying "Honk Against Media Lies" or something similar, I think that the response might be surprisingly loud and continuous.

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