National Park Police removed Occupy DC’s information tent at McPherson Park this morning about 9 am. Given that there was some noticeable excessive drinking at the camp this weekend with liquor splashed around the info tent, the first guess was that the Park Police were responding to those incidents.
But Sgt. Paul Brooks of the NPP said that someone was “camping” this morning in the info tent–clarifying that he meant sleeping–and that “it’s procedure” to remove tents in those cases. The Park Police has been enforcing 24-hour no-sleeping rules since the February 4 raid. Officers however rarely go so far as to take down a tent when an occupant is sleeping; they’re more likely to poke or kick the sleeper awake.
Sgt. Brooks also said that they were no plans to remove other tents, that officers would only do so if they were not “in compliance.”
The info tent was also removed on March 29 and immediately replaced with another. It sparked bad feelings, and Occupiers took to the streets that evening to protest with plenty of personal animosity toward Sgt. Reid, who gave the order to fell the tent.
From DC Mic Check: “According to occupiers, the tent will not be replaced and the services formerly provided by the tent will be split between two locations”–the adjacent food tent and the new Occupy Resource Center.
This time around, the reaction seems to be less contentious: “Spirits in the park remain high. [According to Georgia Pearce,] ‘Getting that [tent] cleared out I think is not altogether a bad thing.'”
(Photo by coolrevolution.net)
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