Occupy Denver: Three new charges last night include triple arrestee Corey Donahue
In the wake of twenty new Occupy Denver arrests made Saturday, three more were added to that list when Civic Center Park grew tense again last night. During an attempt to remove a newly established table from the curb, about thirty officers visited the park and dispensed pepper spray on the crowd for the second night in a row. One of the three latest arrests is that of Corey Donahue, who has been busted twice in relation to Occupy Denver and faces a possible felony charge.
Donahue's third occupation-related charge came during an attempt to block a police car from exiting the park, and his arrest was quickly accompanied by two others, with those busted also held under charges related to inciting a riot. Following Donahue's interaction with police, several other protesters argued in defense of their friend and attempted to persuade officers to release him, at which point police flanked the crowd and dispensed pepper spray. At about 5:30 p.m., only an hour later, jokes had already began to spread around the park that the group is becoming immune to pepper spray.
"We see it often enough," one protester said with a laugh. Later, the night included dancing and singing as a group of approximately fifty protesters continued their vigil at 10 p.m.
Courtesy of Tim Tipton Occupy Denver protester Corey Donahue blocks a cop car yesterday afternoon.
Last night ended in the injuries of two police officers, according to the Denver Police Department. The skuffle began with the erection of a temporary table on the sidewalk of Civic Center Park with the intention of serving food from it. When police took offense to the violation of the park's newly strict no-encumbrance rule, protesters attempted to defend the table and their rights to continue occupying in the park in the same fashion they had previously been allowed to.
Kelsey Whipple Officers in riot gear gather to move in on Civic Center Park Saturday night.