Occupy Dallas Protestors Arrested for Blocking Entrance to Chase Bank Branch Downtown

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Photo by Anna Merlan
The two Occupy Dallas protestors who stayed behind following the arrests of their comrades
So happened that Anna was hanging out at Chase Tower earlier today awaiting Occupy Dallasites who said they were going to parade, two by two, into the bank to close their accounts and transfer their dough into a credit union. Which is why Anna was joined by two very bored Highway Patrol officers and an elderly security guard on a Rascal. Problem is, the OD'ers never made it that far: About a dozen were arrested moments ago at Main and Akard, outside a Chase branch, where they locked arms and blocked the entrance. At least, that's the number given to Anna by two of the Occupiers who stayed behind.

WFAA says the number's closer to 20, but Dallas PD is being a little more tight-lipped at the moment: Public information officer Sherri Jeffrey just told Anna people were arrested, but didn't want to say how many. "We don't want to speculate and be wrong," added Lt. J.S. Walton. Seven police cars are still on the scene, along with two protestors waving signs.

Occupy Dallas says the protestors were arrested for blocking the entrance to the bank, which they dispute, insisting customers could still get into the bank. Per Occupy Dallas's Facebook page: "The rest of the protesters are following to Lou Sterritt/Crowley Court to protest arrests as violation of 1st Amendment rights."

Updates forthcoming, as DPD tries to decide whether to issue a press release or hold a press conference.

Update at 3:37 p.m.: After the jump, video taken during the arrest.

Update at 4:35 p.m.: This just in from Dallas City Hall:
This afternoon, a group of Occupy Dallas demonstrators marched from City Hall to a Chase Bank located at Main and Akard. Once there, the demonstrators blocked the entrance ways to the bank, thus not allowing patrons to utilize the bank. Representatives with Chase Bank asked the demonstrators to leave the property in the presence of Dallas Police Officers. The demonstrators were told they would not be arrested if they complied with the criminal trespass warning and vacated the property; however, numerous demonstrators refused to leave. As a result, 23 individuals were subsequently arrested for Criminal Trespass. One police officer received minor injuries to his leg during the incident.


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Jhole
Jhole

Occupy Dallas (or anything else) = Nothing. Completely irrelevant, nothing more than a distraction which has won favor with some news people. Certainly not a national movement by any stretch of the imagination no matter the narrow angle coverage they get. Everyone will soon tire of them and they will all return to the margin of society where they belong.

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

Was just listening to 90.1..looks like all of them were released, except those that had outstanding charges before the arrests..lul..might be a good idea to pay your speeding tickets BEFORE you intend to get arrested.

Meth Face
Meth Face

Oh wow what an awesome photo of my 2 favorte protesters, Neck Beard and Meth Face!

Tom_Bl
Tom_Bl

I wasn't there, but from reading news reports I understand the message was to get people to close their bank accounts.  But a person convinced to do that would be blocked from entering the bank to transact their business.  Somehow that doesn't make a lot of sense.  Leaders of the protest should reconsider.  

I'm a believer in credit unions, and have been a customer there instead of banks for years.  

steve
steve

go back today and burn that shit down

you dont know jack
you dont know jack

Alot of people like to protest about stuff they know nothing about. No real first hand knowledge about anything, just hearsay and what media puts out and other sources. No real first hand knowledge or actual first hand account from them being that actual person. I can clearly say i will not see a CEO out there. Not likely, just bunch of "think they know its"... pffft

Randy Stevens
Randy Stevens

Criminal trespass is about staying after being asked to leave, not about blocking an entrance.

Takeiteasy Lovenothing
Takeiteasy Lovenothing

We are evolving. Every day that passes more of us wake up from the predatory phase of consciousness like it were a foggy dream. The lion is going to lay with the lamb folks. Whether you like it or not..

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Oh, give me a break. While watching the coverage on Channel 11, I think it was, that girl who is seen hugging her boyfriend, was crying, saying they (the DPD) were treating them like dogs. Oh, cry me a river. They were not. Did I see pepper spray? Were they dragging them off by their hair? Were they using batons, firehoses, attack dogs or shields? NO.

The poor little protesters wanted a stand-off over the park, and they did not get one. So they had to go find a way to get busted. Fine, great. But don't ever again claim non-violent, civil disobedience. Resisting arrest is not the same as not complying. Going limp, requiring them to drag or carry you, fine. Got it. But when you RESIST ARREST in DALLAS? You will get a boot to the back of your neck pretty much every time. THAT is not how MLK did it. That is not how Ganhi did it. Brush up on your history lessons or give up.

And someone said they were not blocking the doors to Chase? Funny, they showed on Ch 11 a guy who was trying to get in, past a group of them, sitting on the ground, locked arm in arm. That is blocking, folks. That is impeding business on private property. If you want to go to jail, if you think it will make a great war story for the chicks at Starbuck's, good. Otherwise, you are still not making a difference.

And the Rangers are on.

Daniel Moos
Daniel Moos

Thats me and my buddy standing in the photo with the SIGN'S.... I have a dream, do you????

JD
JD

OMG!!!!  -that's the worst camera work I've ever seen

Jakedean
Jakedean

OMG!!! - that's the worst camera work i've ever seen

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

What a fucking joke. So Van Jones, on 9/21, makes a mass call for the Flea Baggers to get ready for Occupy October. All these folks are auditioning for positions in Team Obama's army cuz this is the only way the scumbag can keep power. Little girl shows for the casting call and probably performs well. No big deal to these enlightened folks, just hope she got the HPV vaccine before she got in the pile. 

dt&ot
dt&ot

Come see the violence inherent in the system!!!  They have been begging to get arrested since this started.  It's hard to protest and be radical when everyone is so accomodating. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

First lesson of being arrested in a protest: wear pants that fit.

Diane Cook
Diane Cook

Would they be enforcing the curfew for underage unaccompanied minors? They would legally  be able to do that; however, I think curfew M-Th is 11 p.m. 

Edgar
Edgar

Statutory rape, criminal trespass, and possibly assault...no wonder insurance carriers weren't exactly lining up for a new client.

concerned citizen
concerned citizen

Robert, the CBS link someone posted said that Occupy Dallas is going to ask to see id's after 10pm?  Can they do that?  If the city run homeless shelter The Bridge doesnt require an id, sure as hell the Occupy Dallas isnt going to legally be able to ask for an id. Is it true that Occupy Dallas participants are visiting the homeless shelters in the area for meals and services at City of Dallas Taxpayers dime. No underage children should be allowed to participate let alone be downtown at the park.  The downtown shelters are known to house pedophiles and sex offenders.  Downtown after dark is no place for women or children.

thelastman
thelastman

That's a Mubarak quote right? ;)

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

C'mon Phelps, commenting under a pseudonym and them "liking" your own provocative comment is just bad form.

scottindallas
scottindallas

"Alot of people like to protest about stuff they know nothing about" 

Me thinks you doth protest too much.

c'mon
c'mon

From the press release cited in the article "Representatives with Chase Bank asked the demonstrators to leave the property in the presence of Dallas Police Officers. The demonstrators were told they would not be arrested if they complied with the criminal trespass warning and vacated the property; however, numerous demonstrators refused to leave. "

So….apparently they were asked to leave private property and they refused….therefore committing the offense of Criminal Trespass. Just as you have committed the offense of Lack of Reading Comprehension".

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

When the lion lays down with the lamb, only the lion gets back up again.

boffo!
boffo!

will they both be lying down on broadway?

scottindallas
scottindallas

Some rhetoric from the most coddled, least taxed, most spoiled entitled generation in the history of the world. 

boffo!
boffo!

all completely valid till you dragged the rangers into it..

boffo!
boffo!

this ain't the food blog, yo!!!

Jdever65
Jdever65

I have a dream...that you losers get a clue. Go find a job. Many of us have been through very bad times (1987-88 is one example). I got my MBA but there were no jobs and I was young so I took temp jobs to pay the bills. Eventually, I got the job that I wanted. I didn't go blaming others. It just wasn't the best idea to get an MBA at 24 and expect to manage others. Lesson learned.

boffo!
boffo!

she's trying to get ahead in the world...

John2247
John2247

Ever been to a Frat House?

A bar?

boffo!
boffo!

sail away w/someone's daughter...

RTGolden
RTGolden

??? I'm confused, are you for or against verifying the ages of people at the OD camp?  You seem to question the legality of it, then turn around and say we need to keep underage children out (which, I assume, means checking the ID's)

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

The city says the DPD's investigating. More to come. But right now, that's all I have. We are looking into it.

scottindallas
scottindallas

A sidewalk is not private property.  You committed to offense of failing to understand untrue premises.

scottindallas
scottindallas

JDeaver, your intellectually bankrupt.  What did your MBA cost?  Peanuts compared to today.  Tax dollars subsidized your education for nothing in return.  Today, tuition is more than 10 times more expensive and the debt non-dischargable.  You benefitted from more gov't largess than these guys could dream of.  Further, you've subsidized your tax burden off the backs of the poorest workers--fully $2.7 trillion has been borrowed by income tax payers from payroll tax payers.  Now that those loans are due, the income tax payers see a problem.  You're not self sufficient, your a leech on the system, boasting of your self made delusion.  By the way, the 87 recession was nothing compared to today.  Go throw your pathetic pity party with your fellow spoiled brats, I don't think you have the fortitude to debate facts, being so ensconced in your delusions

RTGolden
RTGolden

Bars, in theory, are supposed to turn a profit.  That's an insurable interest.  The kind of insurance company that can underwrite even a $500,000 policy is going to look at OD and wonder where the insurable interest is.  (Nevermind the fact that the Occupy groups are, in part, protesting the insurance companies)

dallas resident
dallas resident

The age and id should be checked on anyone moving around the Parks/Occupy Dallas after dark. Also, the city should check id and age at the city run Bridge homeless shelter. Just like you would at a motel, library, etc. My point was that it would seem difficult to enforce checking id legally, when the city does not enforce it themselves.  I would not be surprised if the suspect was from the nearby homeless shelter? I understand the OD have been recruiting residents/guests from the nearby shelters to join their efforts.  

V707091
V707091

Blocking a doorway however which is a fire escape route is an offense, so are you prepared for those consequences? what about the elderly woman who was scared and couldn't get out? What if she needed her medication? insulin? you'll have to sleep with it.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Both, the Baby Boomers are the least taxed, most priviledged generation in the history of man.  No generation has enjoyed more wealth and prosperity, and all they do is bitch about how they don't have any money.  Your parents built the airports and highways, built firms that hired people and built shit here.  But, our low taxes have allowed all those businesses, factories and jobs to flee our shores.  You're too stupid and coddled to understand, even though I've made the be argument here repeatedly.  Oh no, you don't like to be provoked to challenge the ignorant shibboleths you  cling to. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Phelps that's just, like, your opinion, man

Phelps
Phelps

The bums lost.  Condolences.  The bums will always lose.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

I think you just made my point

scottindallas
scottindallas

the point is these things happen, and we err when we conflate a random incident with the overall message.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

Scott I think you misunderstood me.  I'm absolutely unforgiving of anyone who harms a child in any way.  I'm in no way giving OD a pass on this.  As for the Catholics, I feel that every Catholic who, after learning of the abuse and rape of children by priests, still put even a dollar in the offering plate, was complicit in the continued molestation of children and/or the protection of those who did so.  For the scouts, I've always had very little interest in the organization and honestly can't intelligently speak to any scandals they've had.

All I meant to say was OD has an important message, even if I don't always agree with them.  The message will be lost in the scandal.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Boy RT, where's your concern about the better organized, and thus more complicit Catholic Church or Boy Scouts?

boffo!
boffo!

feathered, then?

RTGolden
RTGolden

Thanks for clarifying.  Sadly, a quick search reveals that Occupy camps all over the country are falling prey to sexual predators.  I don't always agree with the Occupiers, but if their movement falters or peters out, I'd like it to be because of lack of a cohesive message, or failure to come up with a solution.  I don't want them to get tarred by the acts of a few depraved individuals.

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