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Occupy Denver: Police evict protesters from Civic Center Park, fence it off

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Update below: For the first time in months, Civic Center Park is empty. Around 5 a.m., police officers visited the park to close it down, requesting that all protesters who had slept there overnight gather their belongings and vacate the area immediately as they watched. In the hours following, city officials fenced off the park, securing it against use by the occupation and prohibiting all entry. Why? The official reason is turf and irrigation work expected to take six weeks.

From 14th to Colfax on Broadway, signs restrict pedestrians from using the sidewalk. According to protesters Josh Shotwell and Zac Breese, occupiers awoke this morning to orders that they leave the area. Last night, about six people spent the night in the park, a number Breese calls the lowest overnight attendance in weeks. The small turnout made the eviction quick work, says Breese, and the entire process lasted less than half an hour.

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Kelsey Whipple
Early this morning, city officials fenced off Civic Center Park and removed protesters from the area.
"They told us everything we couldn't carry on our backs, we couldn't take with us," says Shotwell. "That killed the idea of saving other people's stuff, and we all just took what we could and left as fast as we could." Items left behind were trashed.

While Shotwell and Breese say they were given no warning of the eviction, another source says notices from Parks and Recreation were circulated last night. The document describes the closure as a temporary part of the Denver Better Bond Project and ongoing adjustments to the area. The work is scheduled to last six weeks, "weather permitting," and is targeted toward "improving the park's overall sustainability." The park will be closed to the public until the project is complete, and trespassers are subject to arrest.

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A photo of the notices dispensed at Civic Center Park yesterday.
This latest effort follows a long line of police visits to the park to enforce Denver's anti-encumbrance ordinance. Defined different ways across the past few months, including at the hearing for a federal injunction Killmer, Lane & Newman requested on behalf of the organization, the rules fluctuate on occasion but consistently include any item that impedes the right of way.

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Kelsey Whipple
The makeshift fences cover the front and sides of Civic Center Park.
In the meantime, a handful of occupiers have re-established a presence across the street in Lincoln Park, Occupy Denver's first home. In the few hours since officials fenced the group out of the park, Occupy Denver has not yet developed a long-term plan. Officers at the scene, who were monitoring the group inside two vehicles, declined to comment on the situation, and our calls for comment to the on-duty Denver Police public information officer have not been returned at this writing.

Update, 1:50 p.m.: Parks and Recreation representative Jay Clark says the renovations to the park have been planned since last year, though without specific dates in mind. "As soon as the weather became nice again, it was time," Clark says, adding that Parks and Recreations officials did hand out the notices to protesters inside the park yesterday afternoon. The notices are similar to the press release on the subject, which confirms the city's intention to complete the project by the end of April.

The updates to the park will focus on its Broadway Terrace, Seal Pond, Voorhies Memorial and Greek Theater and will include work on irrigation, sod and the concrete pathways. During the renovations, the surrounding sidewalks will be closed intermittently, as will the west lane of traffic on Broadway. All of the updates will take place in preparation for large events scheduled for the park throughout the summer -- events that could conflict with a continued Occupy Denver presence in the park.

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Video: Fox 31's Eli Stokols drops F-bombs on Occupy Denver protesters."


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Rug Cleaning by Hand West Palm
Rug Cleaning by Hand West Palm

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LauraK
LauraK

I wouldn't touch the Occupy movement w/ a 100 foot pole.

MKULTRA was all too real, but anyone who talked about it during the 60s like Allen Ginsberg was laughed at. When the evidence finally came down the pike 20-30 years later it was met w/ shrugs, too little too late, but a crazy story to tell your grandkids!!! 

I'm not trying to prove to anyone anything about the Occupy movement, because it is impossible to obtain the information necessary to do so. 

The bottom line is I don't know ANYBODY who has ever been actively involved in any of the operational stuff with OD, and I would not touch it w/ a 100 foot pole, because I would have no idea idea who I am working for... and what to end???

Just like Anonymous, they are setting forth a precedent for law enforcement and the federal government to excuse themselves while they place ever tighter restrictions on your freedom. 

Some of you gasbags will wait til 2030 until the USA themselves tells you what their involvement in the Occupy movement was, and then you will just shrug it off.

Oh well. 

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Checked it out tonight, all quiet, no anarchists, vagrants, vandals or police.

Please Google: RTD Light Rail Train Derailment

Jenn the Ripper
Jenn the Ripper

So I have a question (not a smart-assed one--a real one) : Did Parks and Recreation put this much money and effort toward renovations last year? The year before that?

Benjamin
Benjamin

Have to say, the park looks much better already. The Civic Center Park "row" on Broadway is history, soon they will occupy a row all together in jail shouting F the police from isolation lock-down, HA HA!

Maybe the Occupy Denver movement will be able to make a comeback now that they will soon be gone. The good People of the 99% didn't appreciate being caught in the middle crossfire of the crust punk anarchists and law enforcement and went home and never came back. Spring is a time for cleaning and renewal.

LauraK
LauraK

A group of faceless anarchists with the power to reach into cop cars without getting shot in the face...

This is what they accomplish.

They don't have a stated goal, but yet they have a nationally centralized command?

I guess some people still don't know how the CIA works. Protestors should research the history of protest.

Tinfoil hats protect from cell phone towers and mind readers, they don't protect from agent provocateurs.

Have fun w/ Marshall Law , Denver.

Ron Paul 2012  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Only a nitwit fascist like yourself would pass on the City deliberately and arbitrarily closing the entirety of Civic Center Park (and even the sidewalk in front of it -- what, do you suppose that it is being fitted with irrigation too?) on the pretext of doing regular maintenance for six weeks, just to prevent protesters from gathering there.

Are Denver's Good Germans such obedient drones that they will not protest this nonsense?  This is March 20 -- four weeks hence is 4/20/2012.  Are Hancock and his cabal trying to shut down Occupy and the 4/20 Rally both by means of this absurd abuse of power?

P.S. If Denver Parks and Recreation is interested in the preservation of the irrigation system and the Park's turf, they should start by demanding that police be cited for repeatedly driving their crusers over the grounds of Civic Center Park as though it were their own parking lot. The exemption of officers from the traffic laws does not cover DPD's cavalier and wanton destruction of the infrastructure and turf of the Park. The most outrageous scofflaws in Denver are wearing DPD uniforms.

Lance Newcomb
Lance Newcomb

About damn time. I'd rather look at a green fence than a bunch of homeless bums sleeping on the sidewalk.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

balls in hickenlooper's court.

Feliz64
Feliz64

I think they are ruining the park for everyone...now its closed for six weeks?

Elizabeth Holloway
Elizabeth Holloway

Sure, the sleeping homeless piles on the side of the street isn't a pretty site, but that's the point. Our society is ugly. It's so easy to turn away and pretend those people aren't there, but it's hard to ignore it when they're right by the heart of your state. The Occupy movement isn't known for eloquently expressing themselves, but I like to believe that forcing people to face the problems that we try to ignore is the greatest expression there is. It's not a useless pile of trash that's sitting there, it's people, Americans. Whether we choose to accept it or not, we are all together in this. We shouldn't be focusing on trying to get them out of the park, we should be focusing on trying to get them off of the streets for good by cleaning up our society instead of sweeping the problem under the rug. It's fundamentally wrong to have a society designed to perpetually keep some citizens living on the streets, destined for failure. Equality. I've been told it used to be an American virtue. (Although I question if that's even true) Now equality is just another thing that you have to buy. By saying, "The good People of the 99%..." you begin excluding people. After you take out the homeless and the "crust punk anarchists and law enforcement" maybe you'd be down to 98.483% or something. So what's the point of stopping there? Might as well keep going, cutting out the next group of people deemed undesirable after the next, until you've condensed it down to a different 1%. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

What proof do you have that it isn't the FBI ? ... or Homeland Security ?

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter

Apparently tinfoil hats block spellcheck, too. It's "martial" law. MARTIAL! Not "Marshall", "Martian", "Marchall" ,"Marshall Mathers", "meatball", "Marinol" or "marital". Jesus fucking Christ, did you have to look up "C.I.A." before you typed it? There is no such thing as "Marshall" law, dipshits. You might gain a modicum of credibility if you learned how to spell your paranoid rants correctly. You know why it pisses me off so much? It forces me to side with the cops and I don't LIKE DPD! I'd call a fireman for help before I called a Denver cop, but thanks to you entitled, uneducated shitstains, I have to go to bat for the squares by omission of action because you are SO FUCKING STUPID that I can't got to bat for your cause!  Nice going, Klowns....uh, Clouwens....er, Clowense? Clowns! That's it! CLOWNS!

Elizabeth Holloway
Elizabeth Holloway

Your point would come across better if you didn't come out guns blazing yielding words like 'fascist' to a guy that made a lame snide remark. 

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

It shows that the politicians are thinking about the election.By putting down fresh manure in time for 4/20 will put tens of thousands of 18 year old first time voters to the State Capitol so that all the politicians have to do is walk out on the steps of the State Capitol and give a political speech about weed.Way to go politicians, brilliant!

Please Google: RTD Light Rail Train Crash

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

It's a safety issue...the city workers don't want to risk contracting scabies from the protesters.

Benjamin
Benjamin

Those punks are not the true homeless, they are there because they choose to be, there are maybe 5 real homeless people that these jerks use as props, They need to quit using them as shields and get the F out of the way of The People who want to make real meaningful tangible change. They need to pack up their chalk and crayons and fade away or go rot in jail - whichever one works for me. By the way, I do not have a problem with law enforcement. They are part of the 99% and Occupy should have been trying to reach out and form a amiable connection with them instead of being antagonistic juvenile punks.

The anarchists troublemakers did the same thing with the good People of the 99% - they used them as cover and as shields while they tried to get lost in the crowd while they conducted their mischief . We clued in and stayed home. Now they stand naked for all to see with nothing but a few homeless people to hide behind

LauraK
LauraK

All of the federal bureaus work much more tightly these days than they used to. I would say it could be any or all of them. It is COINTELPRO like tactics they are using that cause me to yell CIA. 

LauraK
LauraK

btw, how does one "got to bat" ?? whoops! I hear you though, thanks for the Edutainment. 

LauraK
LauraK

I didn't force you to side with the cops.Your insistance on letting errors in grammar block your ability to absorbe my thought, did that to you. 

Elizabeth Holloway
Elizabeth Holloway

They wear clothes, live in cities, pay taxes every time they buy something. Whether it's admitted or not, they are. 

Benjamin
Benjamin

 According to most of them - they are not

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Don't need to read it. I was involved in COINTELPRO ...

... and I was on the grassy knoll ...

... and helped construct the Hollywood sound stage that faked the Apollo moon landings.

HTH

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

If you create a Disqus profile, you'll be able to edit/correct your postings of any marijuana induced grammatical failures.

LauraK
LauraK

*there , wouldn't want our ideas being negated by momentary lapses in grammar :-)

LauraK
LauraK

lol I am certified QMAP who has worked with JeffCo Mental Health in many facilities where they have housed many actual Paranoid Schizophrenics.

Giving someone their daily Seroquel or Clozapine or whatever atypical antipsychotic they are on has taught me more about paranoid schizophrenics than im sure you will ever ascertain from your article their. 

You on the other hand still have no idea what goes on in the world you live in, did you read the COINTELPRO info? 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type

Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by a mistaken belief (delusion) that the individual is being conspired against or persecuted by others. In general, individuals with paranoid schizophrenia cling strongly to their delusional beliefs despite all evidence to the contrary, and despite the inability of others to verify those beliefs. Delusions are defined as firmly held beliefs that are untrue, not shared by others in the culture, and not easily modifiable. The delusions of a paranoid schizophrenic individual are usually misinterpretations of events or of the individual's senses and revolve around a certain theme that makes perfect sense to the individual. These are not classified by the individual as bizarre since these occurrences are possibilities in ordinary life, i.e., being under surveillance by the CIA or FBI

http://www.mdguidelines.com/sc...

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So your paranoia runs deeper than just "the CIA".

There's a pill for that.

Guest
Guest

Probably the same way you "absorbe" Marshall law.!

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

No one with any self respect or dignity would have sex with an occupier.  Jeez, the smell alone...shudder.

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