Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Police surveillance of Occupy Roanoke will continue

Police perched at Cornerstone Bar & Grill

There were ominous lookouts poised in the upper floors over Cornerstone Bar and Grill. Police officers taking pictures and video.

Roanoke police Chief Chris Perkins said. “Anytime we are aware of an event such as the occupy movement that has created issues in other communities, it is prudent to document the actions of those involved and as well as our actions as a matter of procedure for potential court purposes. It is important to remember that no matter how just the cause, human emotions are involved and something calm and peaceful can escalate quickly into something that is not calm and peaceful.”

The Roanoke movement first appeared on facebook joining in solidarity with Manhattan’s Occupy Wall Street movement that started a month ago in front of the New York Stock Exchange. It has grown to thousands with many camping out at Tompkins Park.

The common thread that has broken out in about 70 other cities across the nation is a loathing for greedy corporations and expanding economic disparity. They are the 99% they claim without jobs, mounds of student debt and unemployed or underemployed.

Occupy Roanoke’s website mission statement is simple: “to bring attention locally and worldwide to the greed, corruption, and loss of rights in America. To rightfully put back ‘We The People’ in the U.S. Constitution.”

Friday 10 supporters came together at Roanoke City Market on the symbolic “Wall Street” and sang the national anthem. They held American flags and handmade signs. Roanoke Police Officer E. R. Pendleton just smiled as they assembled and said he was “just going in [the Market building] and eat lunch.”

Adam Cohen had called for a “flash mob” at noon. Cohen who showed up early said he is not the leader of the group – “there are no leaders – it’s a group consensus type of thing.”

Bill Carder former Roanoke City council member and former Downtown Roanoke Inc. president held one end of a large American flag. Carder said, “the people are really upset about the system being broken.” He was particularly perturbed at congress’ inability to function. “We should have universal healthcare – every other modern country in the world has it,” he said.

“Term limits would prevent entrenchment in the political bubble and corruption by lobbyists,” said Carder.

Cohen accused Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell of cavorting with the billionaire GOP donors David and Charles Koch. He claimed that the Governor’s media reported a Colorado meeting with them in June leading to feeding the coffers of Virginia Republican campaigns.

Another rally is planned for Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Elmwood Park. The number attending is pushing 100 on their facebook page.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (1)

Jack Mcguire

October 11th, 2011 at 7:27 AM    

I think police should keep a close eye on these dangerous subversives. And I mean both of them.

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