Born of lawlessness, the ongoing Occupy Charlottesville (OC) demonstration in Lee Park is turning ugly. Yesterday, three homeless men were arrested there for (among other things) plying two underage girls with alcohol. Drink was provided in such excess that the nascent females required hospitalization. The alleged violations took place in an OC tent.
An October 24 “Indemnity Release” and “Special Event Application” signed by Occupy Charlottesville representative, Bailee Elizabeth Hampton, definitively states that there will be no alcoholic beverages involved in this activity and that:
“We are not allowing alcohol or other substances”
In addition to ongoing “substance” abuse issues, personal safety of participants is of great concern. Today, Occupiers are asking, through a centrally posted “Camp Needs” bulletin board, for donation of 100 “rape whisles” [sic]. Connection between the arrests and the request is unclear, but the surprisingly frank appeal certainly signals a looming sense of danger in the Occupy encampment.
Prior to OC’s sanctioned occupation of Lee Park, Charlottesville City Council members lauded the organization as peaceful and well mannered. Public requests for “rape whisles,” however, seem incongruous with initial characterizations of Occupy Charlottesville, and perhaps belie the city’s stated trust in the Occupiers to “self-police.”
See Occupy Charlottesville’s “Rape Whistles” wanted posting: