Police Arrest Occupy Houston Participants (With Video)

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Occupy Houston and the Houston Police Department have confirmed that a number of arrests took place last night at Tranquility Park during an Occupy Houston protest, though the number remains in question.

According to Occupy Houston, ten protesters were detained by HPD officers at approximately 11 p.m. last night as a result of a tent-like structure that had been erected on a sidewalk. Minutes after officers arrived at the scene, the situation "escalated dramatically," reads an Occupy Houston press release, "reaching a total of 27 officers and 19 police cruisers.

Anthony Constante tells Hair Balls that protesters refused to remove a tarp that was protecting equipment from yesterday's showers and that's when the arrests took place. "As soon as they see a domed tent, the cops are on it like flies on stuff," he says. Tent-like structures aren't allowed on city sidewalks, according to a City of Houston ordinance.

Another protester, reads the Occupy Houston release, was detained while requesting the name and badge number of a Houston police officer, an incident that's chronicled in the video below.

A spokesman for Houston PD says that a number of arrests did take place, but he couldn't name an exact figure. "We're still trying to confirm things. There were people detained but we don't have anything specific."


Update: Victor Senties of the Houston Police Department tells Hair Balls that 11 people were detained, six of which will need to appear in municipal court.

According to Senties, HPD officers arrived at Tranquility Park around 8:40 p.m. and repeatedly asked two protesters to break down the makeshift tent.

"They were given every opportunity to leave. As this was going on, another four people ran over there and got underneath the tent." Those six people were arrested and charged with erecting a structure in a city park, which is a municipal violation.

"As that was going on, you had another two people confront our officers in a very aggressive and belligerent manner," says Senties. Those individuals were charged with failure to comply with a lawful order, also a municipal violation.

Later, another group of people ran across the street. Three were issued citations for jaywalking and released at the scene.



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Jameschapman
Jameschapman

A bunch of jackass kids yelling "get a nigger a kolache" shows how far the "movement" is going to go..

Occupy a brain for starters.

86_100club
86_100club

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LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF A POLICE OFFICER: A police officer acts as an official representative of government who is required and trustedto work within the law. The officer's powers and duties are conferredby statute. The fundamental duties of a police officer include servingthe community; safeguarding lives and property; protecting theinnocent; keeping the peace; and ensuring the rights of all toliberty, equality, and justice.

PERFORMANCE OF THE DUTIES OF A POLICE OFFICER: A police officer shall perform all duties impartially; without favor or affection or illwill; and without regard to status, sex, race, religion, politicalbelief, or aspiration. All citizens will be treated equally withcourtesy, consideration, and dignity.

Officers WILL NEVER allow personal feelings, animosity, or friendshipsto influence official conduct. Laws will be enforced appropriately andcourteously and, in carrying out their responsibilities, officers willstrive to obtain maximum cooperation from the public. They will conduct themselves in appearance and deportment in such a manner as to inspire confidence and respect for the position of public trust they hold.

DISCRETION: A police officer will responsibly use the discretionvested in the position and exercise it within the law. The principleof reasonableness will guide the officer's determinations and theofficer will consider all surrounding circumstances in determiningwhether any legal action shall be taken.

Consistent and wise use of discretion, based on professional policingcompetence, will do much to preserve good relationships and retain theconfidence of the public. There can be difficulty in choosing betweenconflicting courses of action. It is important to remember that atimely word of advice which may be correct in appropriatecircumstances, rather than arrest, can be a more effective means ofachieving a desired end.

Use of Force: A police officer will never employ unnecessary force orviolence, and will use only such force in the discharge of duty as isreasonable in all circumstances.

While the use of force is occasionally unavoidable, every policeofficer will refrain from applying the unnecessary infliction of painor suffering and will never engage in cruel, degrading, or inhumantreatment of any person.

CONFIDENTIALLY: Whatever a police officer sees, hears, or learns of,which is of a confidential nature, will be kept secret unless theperformance of duty or legal provision requires otherwise.Members of the public have a right to security and privacy, andinformation obtained about them must not be improperly divulged.

INTEGRITY: A police officer will not engage in acts of corruption orbribery, nor will an officer condone such acts by other policeofficers.

The public demands that the integrity of police officers be abovereproach. Police officers must, therefore, avoid any conduct thatmight compromise integrity and thus undercut the public confidence ina law enforcement agency. Officers will refuse to accept any gifts,presents, subscription, favors, gratuities, or promises that could beinterpreted as seeking to cause the officer to refrain from performingofficial responsibilities honestly and within the law. Police officersmust not receive private or special advantage from their officialduty.

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rob
rob

Jaywalking?? Seriously?

Kyle
Kyle

Many cities require their police to identify themselves if asked. Does HPD have such a policy? It's important for transparency.

Jim C
Jim C

I can tell you from personal experience that requesting the name and badge number of an officer is considered to be aggressive and belligerent.  I almost got arrested for trying to READ an officer's name off his badge, which was a pretty silent maneuver.

Corey
Corey

What you didn't realize that HPD is always right, and they are the law.. Oh sorry, you're not allowed to have your own point of view, they definitely know what is right for everyone, and are proud to enforce their views on us all.  Freedom is absolute or it is nothing, while you may scoff at the occupy people they have every right to be there..

Corey
Corey

WHY? They are public servants, paid for by your tax dollar.. Remind them of that and they really get pissed, why because it's the truth, and they know full well they abuse their positions..

86 100club
86 100club

Dont be threatened......They "the bullies with badges" who refuse to disclose their badge number must have something to hide. If they (cops) are following the law then giving a badge number should not be a problem.............Foriegn broadcast news stations are making fun of United States Police Officers   WHAT A SHAME!!!    actually the comments that have been made are " the US sends the babies to war and the grown men stay on us soil to terrorize their own citizens"   I am ashamed of our PD    

H_e_x
H_e_x

That sounds pretty damn illegal for them to do.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

Correction: Proud to enforce city ordinances, since that's their job.

Funny how these poor poor souls didn't know rain was coming with all of their high dollar computer equipment.

86 100Club
86 100Club

enforcing and abusing are not the same   SIR!

Kyle
Kyle

Why would you say they didn't know? They're living in the park and took measures to protect their equipment.

That's not what concerns me, though. I'm concerned that the police weren't willing to provide their badge numbers.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

 Perhaps since they had so much advanced warning of the storm, they should've taken proper, legal precautions. What are they using their computers for, day trading?

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