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Tea Party Paid For Park OWS Using For Free

From Virginia’s Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tea party group says city favors Occupy Richmond protesters

By WESLEY P. HESTER
October 27, 2011

The Richmond Tea Party is lashing out at Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones for what it sees as the city’s preferential treatment of the Occupy Richmond protesters encamped at Kanawha Plaza.

Even though the office of Richmond’s mayor seems to require candidates to be ‘independent,’ according to the Virginia Public Access Project and many other sources, Mr. Jones is a Democrat.

Minister Jones is also an African-American. (Which we only note because of the Tea Party is often accused of racism. And, for the record, Mayor Jones is also a fulltime Baptist Minister.

The tea party group is sending Jones an invoice for the charges incurred for the Tax Day rallies it has held at the plaza the past three years, arguing that the Occupy Wall Street offshoot group squatting there has been using the park illegally and free of charge since Oct. 15.

"The tea party keeps being compared to the occupiers. Well, in the way we’re treated, there’s no comparison. It’s like a slap in the face," said Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens.

Owens said her group has shelled out about $10,000 for the three rallies held there, including a rental fee for use of the park, various permits and other expenses. She added that the rallies were scheduled with the city months in advance and that the group held fundraisers to cover the required costs, which included police presence and portable toilets.

"The city of Richmond is allowing Occupy Richmond to blatantly break the law day after day while forcing other groups to strictly comply," a news release from the tea party group said.

At least one member of Richmond City Council agrees.

"I guess we’ll be writing a check to the tea party people," Councilman Bruce W. Tyler said Wednesday. "You can’t treat one group different from the other. It’s unfair."

Oh come on. The news media do it all the time. So does the Obama Justice Department, come to think of it.

At least one person already has been injured at the plaza, but police said it was unclear whether the victim or the suspect was among the protesters.

Richmond police on Monday arrested Allen R. Henderson, 28, of no fixed address, on a felony aggravated assault charge after authorities identified him as the person who attacked a 32-year-old man about 9:40 p.m. Monday at Kanawha Plaza.

Police said Henderson beat the victim, who was known to him, in the head with a tent pole. Henderson and the victim were listed as "homeless" in a police report, a police spokesman said.

Homeless people beat up and get beaten up at Tea Party rallies all the time.

Why police have not already removed the protesters is not clear. A section of the city’s code makes it "unlawful for any person to camp, tent, encamp or quarter upon any public grounds, parks, playfields, playgrounds or any public property owned or maintained by the city."

Au contraire. It’s very clear. The Mayor is a Democrat. (A detail the article should have noted somewhere.)

If not reimbursed, Owens said, the tea party would not follow the occupiers’ lead and rally there without scheduling the event.

"No, we’re the tea party — we don’t break the law," she said. "But we may choose a different venue."

They also don’t vote Democrat. So they will probably be ignored no matter what they do.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 27th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Tea Party Paid For Park OWS Using For Free”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    No comparison, but plenty of contrasts.

  2. Simple. 14th amendment addresses this.

    The Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction.
    “… nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. ”

    Yup.

    “sniff sniff “… is that a lawsuit I smell?

  3. canary says:

    The Tea Party didn’t even camp there, yet these people are exposing while relieving themselves and having sex in public 24/7.


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