Occupy Burlington Vermont Shut Down
gun, drugs, alcohol -- and now one man dead are putting an end to the
tent city in Burlington's City Hall Park.” - Ordinance Violations +
Death = No More Occupy In Burlington
By Dell Hill
occupy Burlington, Vermont camperee is about to end. At least the
sleep-over part, complete with a small tent city, is ending. The
details from WCAX TV, Burlington.
are putting an end to the tent city inside City Hall Park. The move
comes after one man died from a gun shot wound at the park and
authorities say protesters ignored a series of city ordinances.
A gun, drugs, alcohol -- and now one man dead are putting an end to the tent city in Burlington's City Hall Park.
now we don't give a dam about our tents, we want our movement to go on.
It is about our brother, it is about us standing together," said Emily
Reynolds, an Occupy Vermont participant.
Thursday 35-year old Joshua Pfenning died from a gun shot wound,
suspected to be self-inflicted, inside a tent at the Occupy Vermont Camp
in the park.
presence of structures and tents, we believe, now creates an enhanced
risk by virtue of the activity that can and is occurring inside them,"
said Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling. Chief Schirling says he's
working with protesters to return remaining tents that are currently
roped off as part of the crime scene connected to the shooting. "This
risk cannot in our estimation be managed by either the encampment
facilitators or police under current circumstances," he said.
Mayor Bob Kiss and Chief Schirling say they're working with protestors
to ensure their rights to be in the park, while keeping an eye out for
the public's safety.
think it is a national event addressing issues around economic and
social justice, I think we can all reflect on," Mayor Kiss said.
Chief Schirling says his department has no plans right now to beef up staff in the park in anticipation of future problems.
Reporter Keith McGilvery: "Why not just clear these tents out today?"
Mike Schirling: "Primarily because provoking a conflict is something
that we have sought to avoid since day one, so the best way to solve
most problems, whether they are this kind of scenario or we are in a
crisis situation with someone who is holding hostages, is to negotiate."
far Occupy participants have had little to say about what the
elimination of their campsite will mean for their movement. A group
held a vigil Friday at 5 p.m. at the park paying tribute to Joshua
Pfenning, the 35-year-old military veteran that died Thursday.”