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54 arrests made at Occupy Tucson over weekend

Over 420 arrests since protest began

Tucson police arrested 54 Occupy Tucson demonstrators over the weekend, a spokeswoman said. Protesters continued to receive citations at three downtown locations. There have been over 420 arrests since the protest began Oct. 15.

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Oct 31, 2011, 9:10 pm
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Hey Dylan, your story mentions that the number of arrests has reach 420. Would it be possible to get more detailed than that? Example…I’m sure many protestors have been cited more than once. I’d like to know the number of individuals cited, and the stats of how many were cited once, twice, etc…

Is that possible?

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Oct 31, 2011, 9:35 pm
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Hey, while I’m full of good ideas, let me run another by you…

Go out and ask the protestors why they’re out there protesting. Publish the amount of people that respond by giving you a blank look and saying “Dave’s not here, man…”

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Oct 31, 2011, 9:54 pm
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@Bret Linden

We’ve asked TPD repeatedly for that info, and they’re not tracking it very closely. Absent pulling every one of the 420-some police reports, there isn’t any way to tell.

Last week, there were a few instances of protestors being cited more than once per night, as they’d change locations downtown. TPD’s now started ticketing at all three Occupy sites at the same time.

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Nov 1, 2011, 10:46 am
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@Dylan Smith

Thanks Dylan. I don’t doubt what you’re saying at all.

I think TPD is making a terrible mistake here by withholding those details. The flea party could try to spin these numbers, saying something to the effect of “See, our numbers are at 420 and growing every day!”, when, in all reality based on what I’ve seen and read, they never numbered more than 325 and their crowd is getting smaller by the day.

I for one hope it’s over in enough time to rehab the turf for El Tour and other events that were scheduled to take place there…events held by folks who showed our community respect by following the rules. It’s a crying shame that the El Tour folks and others have to have their experiences tarnished by these “gimme gimme gimme” crybabies. :(

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