Occupy Denver: Woman leads police on a chase to donate food on Thanksgiving

Depending upon what you'd expect of a Thanksgiving spent with Occupy Denver in the Angriest City in America, you might or might not be surprised to learn what was on the menu.

Including a short (but sweet) police chase.

Because of the recent trend in officers ticketing those who honk or stop in front of the occupation at Civic Center Park, quite a few people are wary of repeating the offense. One woman, however, doesn't give a flying flip about getting a ticket -- so she took on the police.

(Also read: "Jonny 5 of Flobots reflects on the Occupy Movement and talks about the act's new album.")

The whole thing went down at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon, when a lone donation ranger attempted to stop in front of the occupation to drop off Thanksgiving food to the gathering outside. Worried that she, like a very generous handful of others, might receive a $130 ticket for impeding traffic for her efforts, protesters tried to wave her around the corner, where they would walk to her, grab the donations and walk them back to camp. (This has since become the new policy for donations.) But the woman wasn't having it.

If you'd prefer to hear the story on YouTube instead, watch the video below:

Instead, protesters on the ground say she knowingly pulled a full stop -- and made a statement. The woman, whose name has not yet been released for her protection, pulled up in front of the camp, only to immediately be greeted by three police cars on her tail. The area is consistently monitored by at least three police cars on a daily basis, and any actions are quickly spotted by the group's DPD bodyguards. Again, though, the woman's answer was something akin to, "Ahhh, hell no."

Instead of taking a ticket quietly, she put her pedal to the metal and sped around the block, turning left on 14th, left on Colfax and back onto Broadway before she kept driving and then eventually parked down the street in front of the main library. At this point, awed protesters came to meet her and surrounded her car to block it from potential police intervention, says David "Beard," a former Westword profile subject whose last name has been withheld by request. "It was unbelievable," he says. "We had no idea what to do."

At this point, the story begins to die down. During the sound of cheers in the park, with at least twenty protesters gathered around her, she got off scot-free, at least for the time being. Because the event was captured on several camera phones, and her license plates were open to view from the police, she might be in line for one soon. In the meantime, the story developed into something of a holiday legend as the day progressed.

Early that morning, at about 12:30 a.m., the group experienced a different parking situation, this time the presence of an entire line of cars parked in front of Civic Center Park together in hopes that police couldn't ticket them all. The first round of food donations was captured in the video below (and again, no one was ticketed -- at least not yet):

Overall, Thanksgiving came in many forms for the occupiers, who were greeted by consistent rounds of food donations (though usually less animated) throughout the day. In the afternoon, two large luxury buses parked in front of Civic Center Park (again without a ticket) to pick up a large load of occupiers and transport them to the Absolute Word Church for a gospel service and a heavy turkey dinner. In the afternoon, a group of local donors gave their Thanksgiving leftovers to the occupiers.

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver, David Lane sue City & County of Denver over First Amendment rights."


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Sheilah T. Davis
Sheilah T. Davis

Well, I guess this is a sign and a signal that it is time to petition the voters to try to cut taxes again!  The government has far too much money to waste if officers are ticketing people for generosity and free speech activities.

monicakoziol
monicakoziol

love this...the true sense of giving unselfishly!

Kathleen Bushman
Kathleen Bushman

Our taxes are up because of the cost of bailing out the bankstas.   The cost of security for the Occupy movement doesn't amount to a very tiny hill of beans by comparison.

Kathleen Bushman
Kathleen Bushman

 I simply fail to understand why the police would focus on Cccupiers' supposedly "misdemeanor" offenses instead of focusing on the bankers' multiple felony offenses in the financial industry.  Huh?!  - It just seems like the police and the corporate shills who profess to be our representatives have a terribly misplaced sense of priority.  Just consider that Wall Street’s Recession Cost 1.5 Million Times More Than The Cost Of Securing Occupy Protests

Clove
Clove

Hello Protesters got an idea for you,Occupy a Labor Ready or labor force parking lot. That way you could possibly land a job holding a stop or slow sign instead of a sign that say's " Ive made horrible descions in the past just like the rest of the idiots next to me" . Now you all stand out as all the jobless people of the world. And the rest of the world can turn on the t.v. and fucking laugh. GO HOME ALREADY !!! There isn't anything you can do about it . They will do what they want. Nothing has changed. I don't have the best job, but my tax dollars are paying the police to pepper spray you fools. We all are pissed at the 1% .

Beth
Beth

I am the woman who delivered the Thanksgiving food to Occupy Denver and then took off with the police on my tail. I was willing to get a ticket or go to jail for what are in my eyes, true heroes fighting for America's rights and morality. Those who say they just don't understand exactly what the movement's message is, are seriously out of touch with what is happening behind the scenes in our country (and the world). Yes, there are many, many different complaints, but that is because there are so many things wrong and corrupt with our political and corporate systems. If you are unable to understand what this movement is about, you have been dumbed-down by the system. I mean no disrespect. Just recently, I gave away my TV (a dumbing-down tool of capitalism), I can't say I don't miss it at times, but I know I have taken a giant step in un-dumbing down myself. 

Gfl
Gfl

What is awesome about this? The woman knew the law and chose to break it. Westword should not be glorifying criminals. Very disappointing, Westword! 

Kermattone
Kermattone

Also, yes...you are living in an unsafe country when you have to fear your govt and wonder where their agenda really lies.

Gfl
Gfl

That's not wasting money lol that is what is generating the money... 

rolo
rolo

So you admit that 'we are all pissed at the 1%' yet you lament doing anything about it? Even if all that is done is to yell and scream, it's preferable to the alternative of passivity is it not? To pigeon-hole all protesters as unemployed degenerates is to close ones eyes to reality. Have you not seen or heard of many Iraq and Afghanistan vets being present at the Occupy protests? Nothing says "Ive made horrible decisions in the past just like the rest of the idiots next to me" like an Iraq war veteran huh?! Seriously, you may not agree with what they stand for but to disparage those who stand up for what they feel strongly about does a great disservice to those who have fought and died to give them that right...many of which stand by their side.

Gfl
Gfl

It was nice of you to deliver food but I personally think the 'true heroes' in this situation are the law enforcement dealing with you fools and all of your fellow citizens putting up with this crap.

The computer your using to write your post, the internet network and electricity to enable the internet/ computer to work, these are ALL PART OF GIANT, MONOPOLY CORPORATIONS.

I personally appreciate capitalism. I don't think it should rule the government, so we agree on that. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE MOVEMENT IS ABOUT. HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO SAY THAT? Just don't agree. Simple as that. 

John Adams
John Adams

Civil disobedience, Gfl. We have the moral obligation to disobey laws we feel are unjust. If enough people do so, the law may be changed. 

INFIRMARY
INFIRMARY

How many people camp outside of stores on Black Friday to support bullshit corporations that control our lawmakers? They don't get ticketed, beaten, or arrested. The protestors are holding our government and police forces accountable for their own corrupt and illegal actions. This is supposed to be a democracy and it isn't. The movement should have began a long time ago as placing your vote doesn't matter anymore, people dying for lack of money, destruction of the environment is not important to our leaders or we would not be using oil. We are headed for disaster and the Occupy Movement is our last hope. Solidarity from Illinois.

BF
BF

You really think we're unsafe? That has got to be the most ignorant thing I've ever seen. And I always use the term ignorant sparingly because I feel it's far too overused. Do you think the government is going to let the body crumble when it's the body that keeps them in power? Even IF we are to humor your scenario - it wouldn't lead to everyone dying and being miserable. There are some smart mother fuckers leading this country - and I'm so glad you're not one of them. When it's fixed, I hope you don't reap the benefits from it. Fear our government? Please do! Because our society has not proven themselves worthy of being let out of the kennel. Bite the hand that feeds you...GREAT way to progress.

Gfl
Gfl

Sorry but I don't have that fear. Stop smoking the reefer, dude! Paranoia. 

Clove
Clove

Now they can fight they're own people for what they deserve. It was there descion to fight for a country that put them there. Nothing is being resolved anywhere. I never said I disagreed with them. They're costing all of us money so they can complain in public. They need to take a different approach.

Beth
Beth

We all believe in different things, and stand more strongly for one thing than the other. I'm not sure what "crap" you are putting up with exactly. Is the sight of the protesters burning your eyeballs out of your head? Is the mere sound of a protest chant rendering you deaf? In this big city of Denver, are you unable to pry yourself away from Civic Center Park; especially since it isn't really your cup of tea anyway?. Instead of spending the negative energy that you are spending on complaining and name-calling, go do something positive which IS your cup of tea. Whatever you do, get out of the way because the Occupy Movement is coming through to take back our country.

rolo
rolo

Then don't support it... if you don't agree with it. You agree that 'capitalism shouldn't rule the government' and 'understand what the movement is about'... so you really do understand the motivations that drive these people to protest, even If you don't agree with their message. It really is just as 'simple as that'! Corporations by definition are not the enemy, its corporate/political collusion... corporate gaming of the system that's the problem. The fact that Occupy protesters use computers or drink Starbucks doesn't invalidate their point. If your argument against them hinges on such a flimsy premise, you need to re-evaluate your stance.

Gfl
Gfl

 Not everyone agrees with you so what do you have to say to your fellow citizens who you are affecting?

Gfl
Gfl

I do not agree that the laws. I think the protesters are. Do none of you people realize that?

barlowtl
barlowtl

All those tea party followers should realize that the tea party itself was an act of civil disobedience.  I imagine many tea drinkers were put out going without their tea.  I feel for those who would not put up with a little inconvenience to allow a group who has neither the money or power to exercise their right  of free speech.  If you don't use it you will lose it.

Gfl
Gfl

Shopping is not civil disobedience. It is what most normal people do in a civil society, especially on Black Friday. The Occupy Protests are a movement of anarchy that those on the fringe of society mislabel as a constitutional liberty.

 Do you realize that not everyone agrees with your views and the protesters forcing everybody to deal with them is what is not democratic about this situation? I work for the government and I do not do anything corrupt- I work with underage sexual abuse victims and help them in their recovery process. I understand people fall on hard times but that does not excuse illegal behavior.

I respect that the protesters believe what they are doing is free speech but have any of them seriously thought about how they may be displacing their fellow citizens that have nothing to do with these so called 'corrupt corporations'? I have had to change my route to work and added extra time and money to my commute to avoid the protesters. Why do the protesters think their right to protest is more important than my right to live my normal life?

BF
BF

These bullshit corporations made it possible for you to be able to comment on this thread via your computer. You want a real eye opener? Google the word "coltan" and you'll see by the greed of the 99% we have decimated eastern Africa. Don't worry...I won't wait for a response.

Mike
Mike

Smart motherfuckers, that are fucking each and everyone of us! 

didge
didge

ha! i love your analogies BF! because they are incredibly relevant and actually show the reasons why occupy is needed across the world! 

e.g bite the hand that feeds you completely describes the relationship the 99% has with the 1%! we're given scraps from those who control the wealth and most of us can't seem to acknowledge other options because the hand feeds us enough so that we can function and work, but not so much that we can thrive. i say reject the hand and use your own! 

i also love the body crumbling quote because it has been shown through history that capitalist governments absolutely allow their society to crumble when it benefits the elite. i guess its like an alcoholic with liver cancer... this is the situation we have now... we're addicted to credit and debt and as long as the profits roll in for the banks and the already rich, its business as usual. but the body is sick.. its dying.. you see entire nations going close to bankruptcy (including the US...) and whats the answer?? financial regulation?? dismantling crony capitalism?? NO! its cuts and austerity, measures that will destroy those already hurt by the actions of the 1%.... 

get informed BF, stop listening to the propaganda, get out of your kennel

diegueno
diegueno

I thought one of the forks of The Platte River flowed through Denver, not Denial.

Gfl
Gfl

Sorry sweetheart. The occupy movements are being shut down everywhere so get out of the way because the handcuffs are coming.

No I unfortunately cannot pry myself away from the park because my office overlooks it and every morning I have to walk through the protesters. I have not have favorable experiences with them. I know this is more of a few bad seeds that do not speak for the movement, but being on this forum no one has shown me otherwise, so I do have an overall bad taste about the movement, DO NOT AGREE WITH THEIR ACTIONS, and am mad they're taking up my taxpayer money.

GET OUT. IT'S MY CITY, TOO.

Beth
Beth

Thank you for this insightful post. You hit the nail right on the head; it's about the "little" guy being a part of the whole political/economic system in a meaningful way. Everyone's voice should be heard equally, not just the voices which carry the deepest pockets. That's right- participation, not representation.

rolo
rolo

I agree BF, but with one caveat... it will change... someday... by choice or otherwise. It will be a lot easier to adapt to a choice than to a forced change but... that I fear is the great shortcoming we face, the inability, or at least, lack of desire to change of our own accord. We will be dragged into change, kicking and screaming... and it will be that much more uncomfortable and difficult. C'est la vie...

BF
BF

Such an amazing question. I've never said I know how to - however - what I think is to break down social barriers, recycle, barter, stop blaming, have personal responsibility - things that make us not so much progressive in nature, but stable. I understand the Occupy wants to think these things - but they don't. And won't. This is a HUGE change for the human race. and it won't ever happen. unfortunately. 

Mike
Mike

You're rights aren't being infringed at all. You may be inconvenienced a bit, but your rights are still fine!

Gfl
Gfl

 But that doesn't answer my question of why do the protesters think their right to protest and take over the city trumps my rights?

didge
didge

Gfl, not everyone agrees with you either... occupy isn't about saying this is the way the world should work, we're gonna get power and fuck everyone else who thinks differently... its about creating a dialogue where everyone can work together to progress society, your opinion's just as valid as everyone else's.. that's the guiding premise of the movement. this is why the media and many people who look from the outside in aren't understanding whats going on.. we're used to the idea of a political party that only hits the spotlight when it has a concrete platform for people to dismantle and digest.. i believe this model is obsolete because we need participation, not representation. the top-down approach is doing everything to create an unhealthy existence. we need change, we need to occupy.

didge
didge

how do we change this BF?

BF
BF

Had we started many tens of thousands of years ago - anarchy would be perfect because it would be about personal responsibility. Now? The country is entitled, which effects everything we have. HOw can we change this? Not a few drum circles and feloniously attacking police. The greed of the 99% is what's the problem! We should not expect to be all treated as kings. Especially since none of us are kings!!!!! 

Gfl
Gfl

** i do not agree that the laws are unjust. 

BF
BF

haha - yeah, the only ones who haven't paid us back yet is GM I think. We made a ton of money from the bailouts. This argument is irrelevant. Think we'd be better to let corporations fail? Then you'd be complaining to the government about letting big businesses fail and you not being able to get hot water or lotion for your alone time. Get real. Mike, you're the problem in the world because you're certainly not part of the solution. 

Gfl
Gfl

You know what's funny? Google is one of the worst corporations out there in my opinion! Ever seen a picture of your house on spokeo.com ? Stalkers paradise. You have google to thank for that. Yet you are repping google! One of the biggest corporations in Colorado and the United States. 

Gfl
Gfl

I didn't say anything about camping on a right of way? 

Gfl
Gfl

THEY PAID BACK THE BAILOUT MONEY! WITH INTEREST! 

Mike
Mike

You really have your head up your ass! When the powers that be steal 17 trillion in bailout money, and immediately give themselves billions in bonuses, you don't see that as corrupt? I would like to know your definition of corrupt. That is one of a thousand stories. Google the bush family corrupt, and stand back as you read all the bullshit they are into! Do the same with Bill Clinton, and you will find he is almost as bad! The Kennedy Family have been bootleggers, and murderers ever since the prohibition! Wake up!  

Mike
Mike

Camping on the fucking PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY to go to shop is just as ILLEGAL! You're an IDIOT!

Gfl
Gfl

I understand that fully. What you don't understand is that I think the laws are moral, justified laws and they are there for a reason. I don't think the people in power are corrupt. I think you probably took too many hits of acid and the paranoia and conspiracies from Michael Moore documentaries are easier to understand than actual logic. You clearly do not understand what it takes for a civil society to function. Why are the protesters taking over public parks instead of lobbying and trying to change these so called 'unjust laws'

Ya'll need to grow up.

didge
didge

Gfl i think one of the problems in your arguments is about legality... i think you need to substitute legality with morality... the law is not a moral code, it is an instrument of enforcement for the interests of those who create them.. the ones who create them are also the ones who control how as a nation, we interact with the world and each other (to a certain degree).. its in their interests to stay in power.. its in their interests to create laws that maintain their power (patriot act etc).. which i believe is a conflict of interest and contrary to the notions of freedom. so as free-thinking people, we shouldn't have faith in the law, we should have faith in our morality, which is not dependent on the law, but from our experiences of right and wrong.. much of the time, the two are synonymous, but when it comes to challenging corrupt government and the status quo.. i'm not so sure...

BF
BF

That response blew my mind. I know there are smart people out there - and I can really thank you and appreciate this. One, can we really classify our police force as violence? Really. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I held my finger an inch away from my sister, "But I'm not touching you...but I'm not touching you..." It's instigation - the movement is all about instigation. So be it. Theirry, you did well. Thank you for making me think.

Thierry Moro Phillips
Thierry Moro Phillips

     Greed can't be eliminated from primate psychology. When it completely overwhelms the other primate social drives, which are EXTREMELY strong, you develop the psychopathology of predation that is envinced by many (certainly not all) of the ultra-rich; there is almost no reasonable prospect for survival of homo sapiens if the ability to cheat at gambling and bribery are the primary selection mechanisms. Greed can be effectively controlled, harnessed, and channeled for socially beneficial ends however, which is its proper expression and application. Because that has not been done to any great degree, however, the gambling system the  international financial system has turned into is self-destructing, dragging most of the planet with it. Thus the primary goal of the entire Occupy movement in the US is to pull private funding out of politics in order to have a representative government again. This is a naked greed for justice. Greed is not bad- or good. Its only real value is survival (and prospering, which I would consider essential to civilization, and a civilization WILL NOT prosper for long if only a very few prosper)      Somehow, Detroit hasn't descended into the maelstrom of police violence and harassment so many other cities have. What's different? It's the same mix of young and old, poor and middle-class, races and ethnicities...the obvious difference is the police have by their actions declared themselves the protectors of the citizenry, not mercs for the banks and large corporations.

BF
BF

How can you change greed when it's the greed of the 99% that's the problem? It's inherent in our own DNA. It's survival! This is what I'm getting at. You can't hack down a tree by smacking the top limb. The OWS can't change that! 

John Adams
John Adams

They're not making it possible out of the kindness of their hearts, BF. You can rest assured that they have profit in mind - and the reason eastern Africa is decimated is due to the power of advertising that the "bullshit corporations" use to get us to buy their crap... again, for profit. Is America a greedy country - yes. And one of the things the OWS movement is trying to do is change that.

BF
BF

if the 99% have no value - the 1% have no value. Think. Think. Think. If we have no value - they have no value. Why would they tr and destroy us? You're not very smart and I'm okay with that. You're part of the 99%.

BF
BF

Really? We consume 25% of the resources in the world. It is the greed of the 99 that puts us in this place. Why am I not informed? Because I think different than you? In any politically run society there will always be the ones smarter, more clever and convicted - to control the bottom mass of civilization. You read your history books - why are we so different? Because we can start our cars from the kitchen we think we are immune to natural behaviors? It will always be about rich vs poor. Always. It's disheartening to see that people think like you do, because, you're part of the problem. In fact, you made this problem. There is no propaganda. Just common sense. but then again, common sense isn't so common now is it?

Senseihill78
Senseihill78

didge... I couldnt have said it better.... Why are we the paranoid ones when we have all the facts? We're the conspiracy theorists when we ask questions or spread the truth!

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