‘Occupy Dallas’ Marches In Support Of Police

By JD Miles, CBS 11 News & Phyllis Smith, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Occupy Dallas found themselves toe-to-toe with police officers again today. But it was a far different scene than Monday’s clash in downtown that sent 23 of its members to jail.

Police have used riot gear and taken a hardline approach to protesters in Oakland and Atlanta.

Despite a confrontation in Dallas Monday, this branch of Occupy Wall Street did something unexpected Thursday.   The group marched from its camp site behind city hall through downtown to Dallas Police headquarters.

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Along the way they carried signs and shouted chants in support of police.   The protesters even posed for a group photo with officers assigned to keep an eye on them.

This demonstration even included some of those arrested on Monday outside a downtown bank.

The occupiers, as they refer to themselves, say they don’t blame officers for what happened and want them to know they are both on the same side.

“There are no hard feelings, even though I was ones arrested, even though I still have bruises I don’t  hold it against individual police officers. I hold it against the city and against the system,” said protester Kooper Caraway.

Last week, a number of Occupy Dallas protesters were arrested for blocking the front doors of a Chase Bank in downtown Dallas. A leader of the group, who did not identify himself,  told supporters it was nothing but trespassing and a bad idea.

KRLD’s Phyllis Smith Reports:

He says they are now trying to change their image from what he calls “a bunch of hippies” to educated people who know the facts of their cause. They’ll be posting those facts on posters and handouts to target the middle class, who he says needs the most help.

  • Carey Bst

    One of the misunderstandings about the Occupy movement is that they are anti-capitalist. In fact, they are just anti-crony capitalism.

    For example, they are supporting one successful Dallas business owner who got shafted by the system .

    As explained on one Occupy member’s page http://tiny.cc/c8m6j , a business owner was involved in a civil dispute and paid millions of dollars to lawyers, and when he objected to additional fees after settling the case, they had a “friendly” judge seize all of his possessions, without any notice or hearing, and essentially ordered him under “house arrest” as an involuntary servant to the lawyers. The business owner has been under this “servant” order for 10 months and is prohibited from owning any possessions, prohibited from working, etc..

    • Kevin

      Oh boo hoo Carey, I’m sure this individual you speak of did NOTHING wrong. Occupy “members” are nothing but worthless wastes of space. They don’t deserve to breathe the same air as people that actually, you know, WORK for a living. I wish they would arrest every last person that protests. Everyone knows that the only reason they marched to the police station is to kiss a little behind for the next time. Seriously, what are these losers protesting? They’re protesting others’ rights to earn a living? Are they protesting the companies that make and produce the very products they use on a daily basis? Just a bunch of worthless ingrates.

      • lowtolerance

        Nice display of lack of a education, Kevin. Any time you want to come down and discuss your beliefs, we’re waiting. Nice, civil discourse. Put your brain where your mouth is.

  • John

    As long as they don’t support the “Tea Party” aka America’s communist party.

    • Shut up, you jackanape

      You’re a moron. How is a party that supports free markets and capitalism a communist party? If you look at the groups that helped form the Soviet Union, they resemble what you’re seeing today in the Occupy movements. Learn history and put down the bong, loser.

  • Freeman

    As a right under our Constitutional Republic, these citizens have received a permit (not trespassing) to peacefully assemble and protest the following as stated in their second letter to the DPD: “Occupy Dallas took part in a nation-wide protest aimed at the multinational for-profit banks who have received billions in Government bailouts at the taxpayer’s expense. These banks crashed our economy, refused to take responsibility and have yet to be held accountable for their actions.”

    The banks did take huge sums of money (some even denied doing so contrary to the facts) and have not been held accountable (which of them have been fined?).

    They also protest the huge sums of money poured into the coffers of our “elected” officials by the corporations under the guise of “corporate citizens” and “money as free speech” that has corrupted our government.

    This comes from a citizen who has been employed gainfully for more than 40 years (since I was 13) and who pays her taxes without hiding money in offshore accounts or shifting tax liabilities until I pay nothing.

    Stop slandering folks who don’t think the way you want them to, this is the land of the free and home of the brave.

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