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Seattle police arrest woman for sitting down with umbrella

Posted By admin On October 18, 2011 @ 3:04 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Peter Finocchiaro
Salon [1]
October 18, 2011

Umbrellas, of all things, have been a central point of contention between Seattle police and protesters since the city’s OWS-inspired demonstrations started earlier this month.

Authorities in Westlake Park — where Occupy Seattle has taken up residence — first restricted [2] use of umbrellas about a week and a half ago. Protesters were told that they were not allowed to sit down with the rain gear, as it would then constitute a “structure” like a tent or tarp, which are proscribed under the park’s anti-camping rule.

Today, that rule has resulted in an arrest. A woman was taken into custody by a group of police for resting on the ground underneath her umbrella. The Seattle Stranger [3] reported on the incident, saying:

Moments ago, 40 police officers surrounded a woman for herostensibly illegal occupation of Westlake Park.

[...] Dozens of other protester are in the park, but they’re standing. Not this woman, who was sitting with her umbrella upright and purple sleeping bag and a purple yoga mat next to her. She refused to budge. One protester offered her a cigarette, so she smoked it calmly as police closed in tighter. [Emphasis from the Stranger's post]


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[1] Salon: http://www.salon.com/2011/10/17/seattle_police_arrest_woman_for_sitting_down_with_umbrella/singleton/

[2] restricted: http://blog.seattlepi.com/stepforward/2011/10/08/the-night-umbrellas-became-illegal-in-seattle/

[3] Seattle Stranger: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/10/17/the-time-it-took-40-cops-to-arrest-a-woman-for-sitting-down-and-holding-an-umbrella

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