Published Sat, Nov 26, 2011 03:25 AM
Modified Sat, Nov 26, 2011 04:46 AM
Occupy protest at Crabtree mall yields six arrests
BY THOMASI MCDONALD AND BRUCE SICELOFF - email@example.com
The News and Observer
RALEIGH -- City police and Crabtree Valley Mall security officers arrested six people, some of them associated with the Occupy Raleigh movement, after a protest staged before a crowd of holiday shoppers at the mall Friday afternoon.
One of the six, Patrick M. O'Neill of Garner, stood on a stage in the food court and spoke for about 10 minutes before security officers told him to leave, a friend said.
"He just started preaching, saying, 'Folks, why are you spending all your hard-earned money on this junk that you don't need? And giving it to people who just turn around and buy your government with it?'" said Marsh B. Hardy of Raleigh, who said he accompanied a group of about 20 who took part in the protest.
According to arrest warrants, charges of second-degree trespassing and disorderly conduct were filed against:
O'Neill, 55, of 124 Perdue St. in Garner; Jennifer Anne Schradie, 45, of Oakland, Calif.; Emily Galvin, 31, of 4720 Hoyle Drive in Raleigh; Charles Hancock, 26, of 4801 Liverpool Lane in Raleigh; Paul Roger Ehrlich, 50, of 406 Kent Drive in Cary, and Derek Cronmiller, 35, of 4410 Cottage Stone Drive in Raleigh.
Four of the protesters were released from the
"I will be proud to appear in court," said Hancock, who was among the four released on a written promise.
The Wake magistrate set $500 bail for Galvin's release because she has a pending case in connection with her arrest on Oct. 15, when Raleigh police charged her and 19 other members of Occupy Raleigh with trespassing on the state Capitol grounds.
The magistrate set bail for O'Neill, an activist and writer, at $1,500 because he has a pending case in
"I am an honorable citizen," O'Neill said about the bail amount. "Bail should be used as a guarantee that I will return to court. It should not be used as punishment."
One of the arresting officers told the Wake magistrate that police learned Thursday that Occupy
The officer said a
"There were hundreds of people in the food court, the place was packed," Hardy said. "A lot of people came forward with cell phones and videotaping Patrick and joining in the chants. 'Human need, not corporate greed.'"
Hardy said the protesters complied with prior warnings from police and mall officers not to bring signs into the mall.
Security officers escorted O'Neill outside and then arrested him, and arrested supporters after they asked why he was being arrested, Hardy said.
Ehrlich said he hoped the incident would draw attention to the limits placed on public free expression.
"It really had a little bit of that creepy, witch-hunt corporate power getting too much control over democracy, which is the exact point of what this Occupy movement has been giving voice to," he said.
Police stated in arrest warrants that the speech was "plainly likely to provoke immediate violent retaliation and thereby cause a breach of peace."
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