#Occupy Phoenix; A Caveat

Excerpts of information handed out, recently, by the Phoenix Police Department reveal the following, presumably from the City Code:

23-48.01 Prohibited use of public right-of-way.

It shall be unlawful for any person to use a public street, highway, alley, lane, parkway, sidewalk, or any other right-of-way, whether such right of way has been dedicated to the public in fee or by easement, for lying, sleeping, or otherwise remaining in a sitting position thereon, except in the case of a physical emergency or the administration of medical assistance.

23-30 Camping.

 It shall be unlawful for any person to camp in any park or preserve, or in any building, facility, or parking lot structure, or on any property adjacent thereto, that is owned, possessed and controlled by the City.

The City of Phoenix is using any excuse to cause the arrest of all persons it can feasibly detain, in order that the threat of further civil disobedience be squelched. An opinion has been offered, that #Occupy personnel should, rather than fear arrest, embrace the concept, deploying what has come to be called the “Birmingham Method”. This amounts to overpopulating the criminal justice system with an abundance of inmates, resulting in stymieing the system. This looks good on paper and was very likely quite effective in the past. So long as the jail has tangible limits, walls, such an overtaxing of resources is reasonable. However, examine the situation in Maricopa County. The County has abundant vacant land at its disposal. Arpaio’s concept of a ‘tent city’ requires only the deployment of an increased inventory of government surplus tents. Green baloney sandwiches are cheap. Approve overtime for county corrections officers and procure more surplus tents. Outfit them with cots. Place the tents on unused, vacant County land and install a few portable latrines. Erect rented fencing. You are in business: expanded detention facilities. The County makes a profit on incarcerated persons and can use well behaved protestors as trustees for myriad labour in the system. Overtaxing local government resources would be non sequitor. It is incumbent upon the County to keep prisoners as long as is possible. Meanwhile, if a prisoner has any chronic, prescription dependent medical conditions such as Diabetes or cardiac issues, they go untreated. You heard me correctly. You will be denied your meds, and end up in hospital, for treatment of your exacerbated condition. Therefore, #Occupy personnel are advised to consider the concept of arrest very carefully, before allowing it to happen. Is it worth it?

Since the original draft was posted, some new data has surfaced. The core members of the #Occupy Phoenix General Assembly had apparently reached an agreement with members of the Phoenix City Council and the Phoenix City Manager’s office, allowing persons to recline, sit, and even sleep on Cesar Chavez Plaza’s grounds, so long as they neither impede right of way, nor utilize ‘camping’ equipment. Either certain Phoenix Police Officers are unaware of this, or the agreement is just being ignored. We shall see, as the saga unfolds.


About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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2 Responses to #Occupy Phoenix; A Caveat

  1. Well, there are other methods to attain goals; voting, phone banking, letters to the editor, local media blogs such as those at the Arizona Republic (what’s left of it). I do not want to be arrested. I am dependent on blood pressure meds to stay alive. Not willing to die for my beliefs so long as I can work to have them implemented in other ways (hopefully). I am working some days canvassing for Jerry Lewis with a group of Hispanics. Hopefully Lewis will unseat Russell Pearce, a man who stands for EVERYTHING I oppose and who’s a crooked receiver of gifts. I also work to register Hispanics to vote. Hispanics tend to vote Democrat. So do I!! I don’t need a police record or a criminal record. Thanks for letting me talk here.

    • Stefan Jacke says:

      A wise decision, my friend. I have treated so many victims of Sheriff Joke’s abuse and neglect at the ‘Copa’, in the ER, and on the floor, that I have lost count of many but the most severe conditions. If you need anti-hypertensives, don’t risk it. Arpaio’s goons are very good about treating inmates’ health issues as a joke, and deny them their meds. I guess this is some sort of twisted additional punishment. Get the word out. We need to remove this man from office. First Pearce, then Arpaio, then Brewer. Let’s take Arizona back!

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