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Occupying the Court

March 22, 2012

Two people who were arrested outside Pensacola City Hall last year will be heading to court soon.

Dr. Melody Castro and Rev. David Burden were arrested Dec. 16 while standing on the green space near city hall. During that time, city officials were embroiled in a semantics battle with Occupy Pensacola protesters over where the Occupiers could camp and what exactly constituted a ‘sidewalk.’

The pair appeared before Judge Thomas Dannheisser this week. An April 2 date has been set for jury selection.

According to an Occupy Pensacola press release: “The plain clothed city police officer that arrested Castro and Burden refused to provide his name and badge number when the two were placed in custody. When attempting to leave the space, they were threatened with resisting arrest … An accurate definition of what constitutes a sidewalk on or around the city hall property is yet to be clarified by the City or the Federal Court.”

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  • Roe March 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    That “Doctor” who was arrested is nothing but a drama queen who puts herself in situations where she can be called a “victim.” I hope she acts as much as an idiot on the stand as she did when she tried to convince a jury and failed than I victimized her.

  • george March 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    doesnt matter if it was a sidewalk,walkway,footpath,etc…They were using it as an easement due to the seperate locations of the Food Bus and the freedom group protesters “Ocupy Pensacola” period. The property powers to be were just causing a public conflict to harrass our courts and judges and citizens….I do have one compliment to this whole shannagans…ty for not walking on the Mayors Grass..)))

  • Keith March 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

    It’s time for Occupy to end here. I was driving west on Government around midnight. All I have to say is that St. Joseph’s driveway is NOT a fecal storeroom. The guy who thought so should be ashamed of himself.

  • Wayne March 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    How do they know for sure the cop was not a fake trying to rob them. We tell females driving down the rode, if you are not sure it is a cop behind you, put on you flashers and continue to a safe area. The cop should identify himself or wait until a uniformed officer gets there. I am not for occupy but the police should send a uniformed officer to deal with this problem.

  • Courtney March 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    “An accurate definition of what constitutes a sidewalk on or around the city hall property is yet to be clarified by the City or the Federal Court.”

    Glad we’re focusing on the important issues of our time.