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Saw on the local news today (WFSB) that the mayor of Hartford, Pedro Segarra has ordered the police to "peacefully evict" the small band of Occupy Hartford as of 6 pm tonight.

The stated reasons given are a recent "sexual assault" and drug usage at the camp. Not actually being there (I wish I was thirty years younger and in better health), I cannot vouch for these claims.

Right now, the police have set up a police car barricade to ensure that no one gets in (or perhaps out). The Occupy Hartford encampment is really small, in fact, a weekend boy scout camp out has more tents and people involved.

Segarra has promised that there will be no Oakland/New York/Portland type of storm trooper attacks at Occupy Hartford.

Simple question: Unless the Occupy Hartford group is in cahoots with the sexual attacker and the drug users, why doesn't the Hartford police simply try to find them and arrest them, instead of busting up another Occupy site??

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  •  demswin06 - because allowing them to stay (0+ / 0-)

    causes downstream problems. If he City of Hartford has a statute that you can't camp in the park without a permit, and the mayor allows them to continue to camp, how does he enforce the law in the future? The key thread that runs through all the SCOTUS cases in this area is that everyone has to be treated the same. Mayors can't make personal decisions supporting the goals of some groups, and oppose others, and wave the rules for only those they support.  The Tea Party and Occupy and the NAACP and KKK all have to be treated the same in the permit process. I think this has been the challenge to all the Democratic mayors around the country. Some of the mayors helped he Occupy groups obtain permits, but there is likely to be no precedent for permits of more than a few weeks. So my guess is that the mayor is receiving legal advice that the longer the Occupy Hartford is in place the harder it will be to enforce the camping rules in the future and enforce them uniformly.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 10:10:06 AM PST

  •  Our agents of law enforcement, (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, beemerr

    probably because they have qualified immunity and the presumption of probity in courts of law, have fallen into the habit of deception.  Indeed, they are proud of misleading the public and justify their behavior with the argument that the "perps deserve it" and "everybody's guilty of something."

    For any number of practical reasons, including that most innocent people are just glad to get charges dismissed and not have their time and money wasted, our agents of law enforcement have not had to explain themselves to ordinary citizens and they've not been held accountable--i.e. they have fallen into bad habits.

    The volume associated with OWS arrests is making their dereliction increasingly obvious and one hopes that a number of court cases will crimp their style. New York City, unfortunately sets a hard precedent since, in one year alone, the City paid out almost a half billion in settlements. Which is another negative.  When citizens sue, they end up paying themselves.
    There are provisions for holding individual agents accountable, but that's a tedious process and the courts have gotten really good at delaying tactics. Who knows when Officer Bologna will be brought into court. The pepper-spray guy is a good candidate, since the NYPD has hung him out to dry.

    What OWS is revealing is not new.  Select segments of the community have been suffering for a long time.
    Collective punishment isn't new either.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 10:13:00 AM PST

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