Sponsored by

Comments on

Occupy Tucson: DeAnza eviction was illegal

Guest opinion: Under Chief Villaseñor's direction, the Tucson Police Department abused both power and force March 1. They feebly attempted to cloak their actions under color of law with a vague, rarely-used City ordinance to do so.... Read more»

have your say   

5 comments on this story

Mar 5, 2012, 5:36 pm
-10 +3

I’m probably starting to sound almost as repetitive as the occupy idiots do, but this isn’t a free speech issue. Squatting is not free speech, especially when your message, whatever the hell that is, is actually understood by so few.

Most people, myself included, see the flea party as nothing but a bunch of bums who are trying to extend their now-expired 15 minutes of fame. I say the arrests were not only legal and warranted, but LONG overdue.

Mar 5, 2012, 7:21 pm
-10 +2

I saw all of the news coverage regarding this arrest.  What a group of animals.  If I had the hotel across the street I would be really pissed that it took this long.  I think the cops did all they could to let these people leave honorably.  It turned into a freakin homeless camp.  Nothing but nuts.  The folks there should either check in to a rehab center or report to a mental health center.  No violence?  I guess the authors did not see the evening news.  I hope we don’t let them do this again, and if somebody wants them, let them give up their yard for the purpose, not our parks.

Mar 5, 2012, 11:26 pm
-2 +5

@DUIEXPERTThese animals you describe are human beings.  There were homeless people among them who found hope and strength in numbers gathered as free people.  If there were adequate rehabilitation or mental health care available I might accept your argument as anything other than intolerant ranting of someone who should look within to find his conscience.  This might be uncomfortable, but THIS IS WHAT HUMANITY LOOKS LIKE!
It may be a shame, but it is the truth.  Many would prefer that the police continue to bully and hide this truth into corners and washes and tunnels.  Occupy Tucson calls for all voices to be heard and I laud their efforts.  To criminalize Occupy Tucson is as offensive as the decades long effort to criminalize homelessness, mental illness and addiction has been.  We have had enough.  We will not be silent.  Join us!

Mar 6, 2012, 12:18 pm
-0 +1

It must make you proud to call fellow humans “animals.” Literally we are all animals, but somehow, I think you meant this as an insult to those who are less fortunate than you. Let’s hope that if you ever fall on hard times that you get treated better than you would treat others in that same position today.

Tex Shelters

Sorry, we missed your input...

You must be logged in or register to comment

Click to enlarge

Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.com

Occupy Tucson protesters were evicted from DeAnza Park last Thursday morning. 21 were arrested by Tucson police.


news, politics & government, business, crime & safety, local, arizona, opinion, guest opinion, breaking
Sponsored by

Top Commenters

  • Bret Linden: 1766
  • Dylan Smith: 540
  • Cactus Dave: 339
  • buddhaboy: 316
  • Roberto De Vido: 270
  • Brittanicus: 176
  • Quietwoman2: 172
  • EllieMae: 151
  • TucsonGirl: 116
  • janamg: 88
Sponsored by


I want to help TucsonSentinel.com offer a real news alternative!

We're committed to making quality news accessible; we'll never set up a paywall or charge for our site. But we rely on your support to bring you independent news without the spin. Use our convenient PayPal/credit card donation form below or contact us at donate@tucsonsentinel.com today.

Subscribe and stretch your donation over time:

$10/mo. Printer's Devil
$15/mo. Cub Reporter
$20/mo. Stringer
$40/mo. Correspondent
$50/mo. Senior Correspondent
Enter your own monthly amount (number only)

Or give a secure one-time gift with PayPal or your credit card:

$5,000 Newshound
$2,500 Copy desk chief
$1,000 Trusted source
$500 Correspondent
$250 Stringer
$100 Cub reporter
$50 Printer's Devil
$25 Informed Source
$10 Dear Reader
Enter your own amount (below)

TucsonSentinel.com is an Arizona nonprofit organization fiscally sponsored by FCIR.org, a 501c3 charity. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

User Guidelines

Please be respectful and relevant. Thought-provoking. Or at least funny.

We want comments to advance the discussion and we need your help. Debate, disagree, yell (digitally) or laugh, but do it with respect.

We won't censor your comments if we don't agree with you; we want viewpoints from across the political spectrum. We're dedicated to sparking an open, active discussion. We believe people with differing opinions can spark debate and effect change.

Comments are open to registered users of TucsonSentinel.com.

Keep in mind:

  • A conversation involves sharing and respect. Support your viewpoint with facts, not attacks.
  • Ask questions. Search out answers.
  • Remember that being part of a community requires tolerance for differing views.
  • We can't ensure that all comments are based in truth. The only comments we endorse are those we write ourselves.

TucsonSentinel.com does not allow:

  • Hate speech. Blatantly racist, sexist or homophobic slurs or calls for violence against a particular type of person, etc. will be removed.
  • Obscenity & excessive cursing. Sometimes a well-placed curse word - if you're creative enough to get it past our auto-censor - can express your point in just the right way. But we say '%*$& no' to cursing for cursing's sake. And lose the explicit sexually-descriptive language. It doesn't contribute to the debate and there are plenty of other places on the Internet to find it.
  • Flaming. During a heated discussion, unkind words may be spoken. We can live with a certain amount of rudeness in the name of provocative conversation, but a pattern of personal attacks (name-calling, mocking, or baiting) is not acceptable nor are threatening or harassing comments. Show some respect, please.
  • Explicit political endorsements. As a nonprofit we can't allow electioneering. Analysis and explanation of political issues and candidates are encouraged, but specific calls to vote for or against a measure or politician should be done elsewhere.
  • Spam. Solicitation of products or services isn't allowed; contact us about advertising, we'd love to talk to you. Links to off-topic sites may be deleted.
  • Copyright or IP infringement. Lengthy quotes and violations of 'Fair Use' aren't allowed. Anything you post should be your own work.
  • Overposting. Don't bore people and waste electrons with identical comments on multiple stories or repetitive comments that don't advance a conversation.
  • Trolling, sockpuppetry, and other abusive behavior. Please don't feed the trolls and don't pretend to be someone you're not.
  • Gossip. Don't bring up others who can't defend themselves. We don't give out personal information; you shouldn't either.

Comments that violate these guidelines may be removed. We reserve the right to make up the rules as we go along.


Commentors are solely responsible for the opinions they express and the accuracy of the information they provide. Users who violate these standards may lose their privileges on TucsonSentinel.com.

Sentinel editors can't read every comment. Trolls, spammers and other troublemakers can slide under the bridge. We rely on you to help maintain a healthy conversation - more than likely, you're reading these comments before the editors.

What if you see something inappropriate? Use the 'Flag' button to send it to a moderation queue. Help us out and tell us why you're reporting it; please don't report someone just because you disagree with them. Boy who cried wolf and all that. We'll take appropriate action on violations.

We will not edit comments to alter their meaning or censor comments because of political content.

We will not remove comments solely because they are heartless, cruel, coarse, foolish or just plain wrong. Your disapproval can maintain a decent signal to noise ratio. Ultimately, however, self-policing is the best method.

Bottom line, don't be a jerk.

Sign up for TucsonSentinel.com email newsletters!

find us on facebook
Sponsored by
Sponsored by
Sponsored by