Occupy Denver's Amelia Nicol, Jonathan Shepard among 4 busted in raid on squat

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Amelia Nicol.
Update, 1 p.m. October 24: We now know the names of the four Occupy Denver participants arrested in a Denver Police Department raid on a squat over the weekend, and two of them were recently featured in this space: Amelia Nicol, who saw murder charges against her dropped earlier this year, and Jonathan Shepard, one of our recent Occupy Denver profile subjects.

"I was seeing so many people who weren't willing to get arrested," Shepard said last week, speaking about being busted in the original police raid on Occupy Denver's tent city. "I wanted to show them that even if you have something to lose, isn't this worth losing it for?"

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Jonathan Shepard.
Shepard, Victor Jaime and Sam Carlson were charged with 2nd degree burglary this morning, a felony charge that came with bond rates of $3,500 for the first two and $5,000 for Shepard. Shepard's bail is largest because his aforementioned arrest two weeks ago -- and he has a failure to appear notice on his previous record.

Nicol, yesterday's fourth arrestee, is out of hospitalized police custody, but her arraignment is not yet scheduled. Here's an excerpt from Josiah M. Hesse's post about her last week:

Earlier this year, Nicol spent six weeks behind bars and celebrated her 21st birthday in solitary confinement, charged with the attempted murder of two police officers during the May March Against Terror. She was looking at a prison sentence of up to 120 years. But after a "Free Amelia" campaign waged by friends at Anarchist Black Cross, Judge Andrew J. Armatas threw out the felony charges in June, leaving only a charge of possession of an incendiary device -- allegedly a firecracker.

Get more details in the Westword feature "An anarchist charged with attempted murder sees her case blow up in court."

The combined bail for the four felony arrests greatly outweighs those of the majority of the misdemeanor charges associated with Occupy Denver's fifty demonstration-related arrests, and the Denver Anarchist Black Cross is soliciting donations and help from other organizations in order to collect the total.

Original item, 8:27 a.m. October 24: In the wake of a Saturday protest that remained consistently peaceful, a series of busts took place the next day under a different set of circumstances.

When police raided a squat at Bryant and West 27th yesterday, four people were arrested, and three are currently facing charges of second degree burglary, a class 3 felony. The fourth arrestee is still in the hospital.

As of right now, the bonds of the three taken into custody has been set at $10,000, which further taxes the legal budget of the Denver Anarchist Black Cross. In addition to providing the legal support for Occupy Denver's fifty arrests during the previous weekend, the group is again taking responsibility for the legal process of the four arrested yesterday.

Although the fourth arrestee's charges currently remain unknown, it is likely she will receive the same charge. However, she will not be present at the group's 10 a.m. charges hearing because she was removed from the scene by ambulance.

The police altercation came less than 24 hours after a march against police brutality traveled from the Denver Zoo through downtown in solidarity with the "international day of action against police terror" Saturday. The local focus was Alonzo Ashley, whose death at the Denver Zoo this summer was ruled a homicide -- but Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey decided against filing charges.

The march, also supported by the Denver Anarchist Black Cross, lasted several hours and temporarily shut down major streets as it wound through downtown and circled Saturday's Occupy Denver protest. One person is reported to have been arrested during the march as well for defacing public property.

The march left stickers and other forms of graffiti, plus the occasional broken window, in its wake before disbanding later into the night.

Although the names of the Occupy Denver volunteers arrested have yet to be released, an emergency rally has been planned for tonight at 5 p.m. in front of the downtown detention center at Colfax and Elati. At least eight of the original Occupy Denver arrestees face hearings this morning, in addition to three of the four arrested during yesterday's raid, and many Occupy Denver protesters plan to attend the rally in support of their fellow volunteers.

As relationships between the DABC and certain factions of Occupy Denver protesters have grown increasingly rocky lately, this most recent situation has fueled a new Twitter war between the camps, one side of which has publicly aired grievances against the group's legal support team and staunch supporter.

As winter weather moves in, it will become increasingly important for occupiers to find ways to handle the cold, which might have sparked the squat situation. In the meantime, a warm house has been established at 11th and Pearl, and the group is asking for cold-weather donations.

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver's all-day concert closes out a week of peace."

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Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

This was a hit on Amelia's life, not sure what side wants her dead the most or who would benefit from it but it looks to me like the Denver Black Cross has the most to gain from her death but on the other hand the police and her own political family also want her dead.   Hmmmmmhmmmm  who is the enemy and who is not?  I bet my life and everything I am, believe and think that this was a direct hit on her life, they are ALL aware of her injury and fragility in that area.  I want )($U5#$%(* proof she is alive today.  This is my last straw with all of you and this dangerous game, the Westword, DA, Denver PD, The Mayor, All her family knows about her medical impairment.  She was in jail and the hospital again and you creeps didn't let her family know.  Just who to sue first???????????  That is the question for today.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

this guy Amelia is crazy

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

Send me a friend request on facebook, you can see lots of pictures of her, you might cry if you find out the truth or at least be very humbled.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Ha!  This kid was a loser when he was profiled a week or so again.  Just another one in series of self inflicted bad choices.  At least he'll be warm with shelter and food in prison...might be a better life for him...just wish it wasn't my tax dollars paying for his stupid decisions.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You want to cheerlead Mayor Oreo's criminal conspiracy against Occupy Denver, why don't you step up with the first million dollars of settlement money when the City loses the civil rights cases to come?  Zombie!

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

Do you work ? Or just dedicate your days to making ignorant racial slurs , ( at least call him an Uncle Tom if you have to play the race card ), and defend these anarchists ?

Isn't this the chick who threw an M80 at the filth ? That's intelligent. Everyone is SO smart down there.

Popp
Popp

Oh, I do know.  I don't exactly agree with the insult, but I understand the anger behind it. I share that anger and resentment.  BTW, I'm a woman. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I was replying to the comment that "Oreo is too light an insult" (more reading comprehension problems?) -- Popp may not have a good sense of how insulting the reference is because of his own ethnicity.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- more like squeeze him till it squirts out.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Why would it matter what color he is?  Sounds like you're expecting a person to behave a certain way based on their skin color...not really very progressive of you.

Popp
Popp

Hancock, that is...

Popp
Popp

Oreo is too light an insult.  I would say he's a prick.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

What's up with the Oreo comment?  Do you want to lick the Mayor's creamy center? 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The Mayor is an archetypal oreo, so I call him that.  You must be one of the zombies.

Popp
Popp

That house has been empty for years. The owners of the property are just waiting for the housing market to pick up so it can be razed and made into yet another $600,000 (or more) condo. Luxury lofts have been cropping up in this quadrant of town for the past five or so years, but no affordable housing.  NW Denver is becoming a yuppie shit-hole.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The DPD followed protesters from the protest, falsely arrested them, then coerced the owner into filing a complaint -- Denver's zombies think that is just fine, and they won't even remember the media's lies about the incident when the bill comes due in court.

Popp
Popp

I'm not optimistic about a law-suit against the city.  My hope is that Hancock's actions will put an end to his political career.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

From the C.O.E.D:

Oreo(O·re·o)Pronunciation:/ˈôrēˌō/noun ... derogatoryan African-American who is seen, especially by other blacks, as wishing to be part of the white establishment

racist(rac·ist)Pronunciation:/ˈrāsist/nouna person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.adjectivehaving or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another

Get in the habit of looking up words you think you know -- it may save you making an ass of yourself.

The Mayor of Denver definitely is an Oreo, and whatever effect (or lack thereof) calling him one has on political discourse in Denver, it also serves to distinguish people whose sense of political correctness is stronger than their command of English.

Sampson
Sampson

Oreo is a racist term. Period.

Keep on using it and your going to hang yourself with your own rope.

Guest
Guest

Robert, I would love to agree with you, and I do for the most part.  The 'Mayor Oreo' thing has got to go, IMO.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Talk to the attorneys involved -- alternatively, just review the history of the City's recent settlements of similar suits.  The zombies of Denver and Colorado just installed Governor Hypocrite and Mayor Oreo both, so their political careers have years left to run; the City may be settling the suits to arise out of its civil rights violations sooner than that.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

You mean it's turning from a shit hole into a vibrant community with fun restaurants, good shopping, and folks actually enjoying hanging out with their neighbors?  Well, when you go to college, major in a field that actually has earning potential, work hard and build a nest egg, you get to participate in that.  Those who contribute get to enjoy the fruits of their labors.  

Allyuppiesarebastards
Allyuppiesarebastards

‎"We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forego the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks."Woodrow WilsonBurn in hell you pile of shit. Just because you enjoy your spot on top of the pyramid doesn't mean it's even possible for most people to have it. Like the yuppie you are, I'm sure you got great explanations about how you earned all you have so much harder than than the working class inhabitants of old NW Denver. Don't make it true. Privilege is not a virtue.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Wow, way to stereotype based on some opinions.  I'm nowhere close to the top of the pyramid.  But, I'm comfortable where I'm at, and I know that if I wanted to get to the top, there's a path there.  I'm just not willing to make the sacrifices of my time and core values to do that.  I promise you, the top 1% doesn't care about NW Denver.  They're in Cherry Hills Village, or the Polo area if they even live in Denver at all.  NW Denver is the top 60% at best.  Comfortable upward mobile middle class folks.  

I tell you who I do have sympathy for.  Kids who's parents didn't have the resources to raise them properly, yet chose to reproduce anyway.   I'm all for social programs to get them the hell out of the ghetto.  Kids who just fucked up because they wanted to party...they can go sleep in the the gutter.  

Popp
Popp

I have gone to college, actually.  Don't make stupid assumptions.  The people moving into this neighborhood are by and far those who have inherited wealth and connections. Personally I don't know many 20 somethings who can move into a luxury condo straight out of college, but in fact, here they are.  Denver needs to retain its working class neighborhoods. NW Denver used to be somewhat bohemian, but now it's becoming beige and soulless.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Its use may now be uncommon, but the use of "one" instead of "you" in such circumstances is correct (and clearer).

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

True, which is why I said that people have to be smart and pick a major that has future earning potential.  Just going to college without a solid plan can be a complete waste of time and the beginning of a huge debt trap.

Popp
Popp

Not everyone who goes to college gets to participate in the "American Dream". It's a myth perpetuated by the rich who never had to try very hard in the first place.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Popp, I never said you didn't go to college.   I'm using the generic "you" as in any person who fits that description...if I don't know who you are, why would I make that assumption?

Interesting observation about the hood though, and I'm sure there are a good percentage of kids who are living on their parents money.  All I know is that my friends who live there have all worked hard to be able to afford the neighborhood.  

If nothing else, all of those long term residents who bought 10-15 years ago should certainly be happy with their unexpected home price increase.  I do feel bad for those whose property taxes have gone up as the neighborhood has gotten better, but you can't really do much about that unfortunately, except provide a legal provision for them as a shield.

WeAreThePoors
WeAreThePoors

Interesting that YET AGAIN, you make a statement with no factual basis to back it up.

These folks are tied to community. Who do you think is working on their behalf? Folks from that same neighborhood. Folks that have been active with the neighborhood association. Folks who live around the house. That's who.

Also, they are connected to other community organizations that are active around a host of social issues. But none of this interests you, because you've made up your mind.

You also, YET AGAIN, do not cite any actual facts. Cool, 20 orgs provide resources. 20 orgs for 11,000 people. Can you tell me, for certain, that there are 11,000 beds available for homeless folks in Denver?

Also cool that you keep assuming the genders of folks involved. One woman, three men. All under the age of 25.

So, those poor male street youth you just described. Get off it. You don't know shit about any of this, but really want to sound like you do.

sojournerC
sojournerC

What a kind hearted discussion about how to improve this city. 

Rick Strandlof
Rick Strandlof

You are homeless. It is cold out.  You see an abandoned house.   Do you: A) risk exposure, frostbite, or death by exposure; or B) risk a trespass/burglary charge.  One might place oneself into the situation before judging.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Hmm, if it was me, I'd use the place as a shelter, but would be very quiet and thankful that I'm getting away with living for free in someone else's property.  I definitely wouldn't go out and act like an idiot and think that wouldn't attract attention to myself. 

But, these kids haven't ever been known for their good decision skills, or life choices.

WillToAction
WillToAction

Let's see.. warm bed at a shelter or Class 3 Felony? You think between the four of them there would be a braincell between them unless meth is involved.

WillToAction
WillToAction

You have to be a fool to believe these people founded Occupy Denver or that Occupy Denver endorses their actions. Too bad the occupy crowd is too kind hearted and gullible to give these morons the boot.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Denver's zombies believe that when their police department files false criminal charges against people, some kind of onus attaches to their victims.  The truth is that systematic police abuse and suppression of civil rights ends up costing taxpayers out the nose.  It takes a moron to ignore the mountain of evidence of incompetence and malfeasance on the part of the City's administration and blame the people you will soon enough have to pay for the crimes DPD has committed against them.

WeAreThePoors
WeAreThePoors

Actually, you're a fool. These folks have been present at Occupy Denver since the first General Assembly. Also, what is your problem with homeless folks who would DIE in the cold sleeping in an abandoned house that has sat empty in my neighborhood for YEARS?

There are at least 11,000 homeless folks who are documented to be living in the metro area, and only a fraction of bedspace exists in shelters. The city is also attempting to make it illegal to sleep in any public space.. so where does that leave the 8,000 or so without bedspace? They should just die because you hate the fact that they may go into an abandoned house to sleep? What options do they have?

The old "get a job" line would be humorous if it wasn't for the fact that there are NO jobs to  get.

As the economy worsens, so will this housing crisis, and we'll see many, many more squatting actions to keep people alive.

Apparently, to some, the "99%" are only middle class liberals who are not facing foreclosure, evictions, or layoffs. Homeless, poor people, addicts, folks who commit petty crimes, working class families facing eviction... are not welcome to join this "movement"...

WillToAction
WillToAction

I called Volunteers of America this morning and there were beds for these women available. Problem is you have to follow rules, like no drugs, no alcohol, no fighting, and curfew. People actively involved in the community cannot be duped by your fallacious appeals to emotion.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I can't think of a more apt comparison -- with serious problems facing our City, State, and Nation, people in Denver are more interested in pretending to be zombies.

All Hail The King
All Hail The King

Who can not like R.C.'s newest seasonal epithet "zombie"? Everyone knowshow persuasive it is to one's argument to resort to name calling. 

BBBBBBBBBB
BBBBBBBBBB

All hail the great King of Douches, Robert Chase!  The first order of business under his regime is for everyone to chip in and buy his Lordship a thesaurus.  In doing this, anyone who disagrees with his Highness shalt not only be known as "ignorant," but by many other colorful adjectives.  The King of Douches needs our help.  We, as his humble subjects, owe it to the great, all-powerful, omnipotent leader to expand his noble vocabulary to include phrases like, "I am an obnoxious douche," and the all-powerful catch-all sentence, "My douche effluent contains more chunks of pretentiousness and higher levels of irrelevant drivel that yours EVER will!"   All hail King Robert, King of Douches!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

(accidentally liked your comment)

You are dead wrong -- oblivious of much of what our elected officials and police are doing, and uninvolved in Occupy Denver (which allows anyone to express their opinion).

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I am aware that any number of civic organizations (e.g. CHUN) try to make life better in Denver while scrupulously avoiding criticizing our incompetent leaders and any hint of radicalism -- your failure and your ignorance of what is really going on in Denver is abject.

WillToAction
WillToAction

I count 20 legitimate organizations that provide emergency shelter on this list, which is probably not exhaustive.

http://www.homelessshelterdire...

Those who are terminally homeless, be it from disability, mental illness, drug addiction, or a myriad of other causes may seek a host of benefits from the state.

The gross injustice here is that women (those detained) have the most resources when it comes to emergency shelter. The people who are cast to the street are young males aged 13 to 18 who cannot stay with their mothers and who are too young to stay with adult males. These youth often turn to crime and prostitution to survive.

That is not this group. This group is NOT concerned about forging ties to community to their own benefit or anyone else's; they are hostile to anyone other than their own cronies. They shoot themselves in the foot. If they were truly concerned about highlighting these issues they would speak to them factually, spread awareness and hold food drives. I see none of that happening.

WeAreThePoors
WeAreThePoors

You do realize that shelters have limits on how long you can stay, right? For folks who are long-term homeless, they have to make decisions about how to live long-term. An empty house in a neighborhood with sympathetic neighbors seems like a much better option, especially as they have been staying there a while, than a shelter where they may only be able to stay a day or week at a time.

Folks want homes, not just shelters.

As far as "fallacious appeals to emotion", where is the fallacy in stating the obvious? There are over 11,000 homeless folks in the metro area. There are not enough beds for all these folks. Calling a shelter once and seeing if there are beds is cool and all, but not indicative of the actual picture of homelessness and shelter in the metro area.

What's fallacious is pretending that with one phone call on a random day, you can somehow see the whole picture of what faces Denver's homeless population. Or your claim below that since these folks chose not to go to a shelter, that they are somehow meth heads. That's a fallacy in logic, and just a gross lie.

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