27 Houston cops arrest six protesters for having tarp in park

Twenty-seven cops for six people.  I’d call that an over-reach…

The Raw Story

Police in Houston on Tuesday night swarmed a small group of “Occupy” protesters and arrested them for possessing a tarp in a public park, according to area media.

In all, a total of 27 police officers responded to the scene in 19 squad cars, according to the protesters. Police had confronted the group around 11 p.m. about a tarp they were using to protect their equipment from the elements. It was not being used as a makeshift structure.

After about 20 minutes of negotiating, police decided to begin arresting the protesters, who refused to remove their tarp. Six individuals were peacefully arrested, and police confiscated the group’s equipment, along with the tarp. Another three were also detained for “jaywalking” and interfering with police, but later released. Three of the arrestees were released the following morning, protesters said.

They added that the equipment included food, medical supplies and electronic equipment meant to support their demonstration.

As the large crowd of police made the arrests, protesters gathered around chanting, “Show me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!” Others chanted “Shame!” as officers took the demonstrators away.

“Occupy Houston” said it would hold a press conference on Wednesday morning in response to the arrests, with a march and rally in front of the city’s municipal court building to follow in the afternoon.

Annise Parker, the mayor of Houston, has maintained that protesters are allowed to gather in Tranquility Park. She said last week on her official Facebook page that the city was not making plans to evict the demonstration.

“The City and Occupy Houston have a working relationship to allow protesters to exercise their first amendment rights without endangering public health or safety,” she claimed.

It was not immediately clear how a tarp protecting electronic equipment from rain posed a threat to public heath or safety.

Video of Tuesday’s arrests has been published to YouTube, and is available below. It contains some adult language:

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Mark Block, Cain’s Chief-Of-Staff, Falsely ‘Confirms’ Accuser’s Son Works For POLITICO

This is indicative of the sloppiness and dishonesty in the Cain camp….  Herman Cain should personally come out and correct this lie as quickly as possible.

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Herman Cain’s campaign may want to verify facts before confirming anything on television.

Mark Block, Cain’s chief-of-staff, spoke to Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday, and wrongly claimed that the son of a woman who accused Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s works at POLITICO.

“At the press conference it was brought up that Karen Kraushaar had come out as one of the women, so we’ve come to find out that her son works at POLITICO, the organization that originally put this story out,” Block said.

When Hannity asked if the information about Kraushaar’s “son” was confirmed, Block said: “We’ve confirmed that he does indeed work at POLITICO and that’s his mother, yes.”

Josh Kraushaar, the man Block appears to be talking about, denied these claims. On Tuesday, Kraushaar posted numerous messages on his Twitter page that refuted Block’s “confirmed” allegations.

Kraushaar acknowledged working at POLITICO from 2007 to 2010, but said he had been at the National Journal for over a year. His Twitter bio lists his current job title as the executive editor of the publication’s blog The Hotline. He’s also not related to Cain’s accuser.

“For a presidential spokesman to go on TV and make up blatant falsehoods doesn’t speak well for his boss, either,” Kraushaar wrote.

Kraushaar did manage to keep his sense of humor about the whole situation. “The only positive benefit about being smeared by Mark Block on Hannity is I’m getting 100 new Twitter followers a minute.”

According to CNN’s politicalticker blog, Karen Kraushaar accused Cain of sexual harassment when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. She was the second woman to come forward publicly with allegations about the GOP presidential candidate, but only did so after her identity was revealed by the iPad news site, The Daily.

Karen Kraushaar, 55, is a registered Republican who works at the Treasury Department. Through her attorney, she has described the alleged harassment as “a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO,” NPR reported. She reportedly received a payout in 1999.

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Ohio Voters Emphatically Reject Kasich’s Anti-Union Law

This is a huge win for the unions in Ohio…


Ohio Democrats, who got absolutely creamed in the 2010 elections, have now won a major victory over Republican Gov. John Kasich — massively winning a referendum to repeal Kasich’s anti-public employee union law.

With 19% of precincts reporting — which includes a significant chunk of the total ballots, due to early-votes being counted quickly — the bill known as SB 5 is losing by a margin of 63%-37%, and the “No” position has been projected as the winner by the Associated Press.

Pre-election polling showed the No campaign winning by over 20 points — and it seemed possible at time of writing that the final margin might even surpass this.

As TPM has documented, SB 5 has become a political poster child for Democrats pushing against Republicans, following the 2010 GOP wave, with the Dems and labor unions mobilizing while at the same time Kasich’s popularity tanked in the polls.

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San Diego Police Stop Air Force Veteran From Hanging American Flag

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Video has emerged of an Air Force veteran associated with Occupy San Diego, Joseph Aldous, trying to plant an American flag in a public plaza in San Diego.

Police repeatedly harangued him about his action, as at least half a dozen police officers tried to prevent Aldous from simply putting his flag down.

The description of the YouTube video says that Aldous then went on to place the flag on private property and told the police he’d take it down if the owner demanded it.

Watch it: