A guy dressed as Santa Claus was arrested for handing out chalk to children and adults and spreading holiday cheer in front of the Texas capitol
One cop goes around snapping photos of bystanders filming the event, a form of intimidation. I have no idea what the guy in the back did to be
detained and searched but the whole event makes my blood boil and turns my stomach at the same time.
Did they really have to go this far in front of kids days before Christmas? Shame on them.
It's amazing how far you have to go to see he was an Occu-Santa and this was a part of the Occupy Austin activities they reacted to. Really.. Almost
all the stories I looked up didn't even mention it now...or the most passing way if they do.
After wrestling Santa to the ground and placing handcuffs on him, State Troopers also arrested Corey Elf after he used sidewalk chalk to write
“Free Santa.” Both were arrested for Criminal Mischief, while Santa may face additional resisting arrest charges.
Occupy Austin stands in solidarity with Santa Claus and his elf. Three members of Occupy Austin, Audrey Steiner, Corey Williams, and Jim Bird were
arrested earlier in 2012 for chalk. Though they were held in Travis County Jail, they have not been charged with any crime, raising questions about
whether Troopers are arresting activists to silence them.
Membership in that group has ....downsides..when out on an active protest. The cops don't even play or give a chance anymore and everyone in Occupy
ought to know that. Of course I am sure they do and this was one heck of a Gotcha to the Texas DPS.... Shame on them for falling for it. They ought to
be smarter than this.
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