Two Occupy Jefferson Park protesters arrested, citations issued

Rachel Musselmann

Two people claiming to be involved with the Occupy Jefferson Park protest have been arrested for unlawful conduct on public property, according to a Fort Collins Police Services release.

The individuals, identified as Kendra Gilmore and Zechariah Humbert, were not actively protesting at the time of their arrest and had unlawfully remained in the city park after hours.

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The Jefferson Park camp set up by Gilmore and Humbert on the bench on Linden Street. (Photo courtesy of Fort Collins Police Services)
The Jefferson Park camp set up by Gilmore and Humbert on the bench on Linden Street. (Photo courtesy of Fort Collins Police Services)

According to police, officers visited Jefferson Park over the past several days and informed the protesters of the legal hours they could remain in the park, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Gilmore and Humbert repeatedly refused to vacate the park after hours, and they were issued citations.

Gilmore and Humbert each received two municipal court summonses and four county court summonses, and Humbert received an additional summons for theft. Each evening the protesters were informed by police that remaining in the park after hours would result in a summons or arrest and that there was bed space available in local shelters, according to police.

Between Sept. 9 and 15, officers have issued the following citations to a total of 18 individuals: 21 municipal summonses issued for park curfew violations and camping prohibited, 14 county court summonses issued for unlawful conduct on public property, 1 summons for theft and 2 warrant arrests — 1 felony and 1 misdemeanor.

During the same time frame, John Henson, Jeffery King and Shane Williamson were arrested for assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest and violation of parole, respectively.

“I am very proud of the men and women of FCPS,” Chief Hutto said. “By ensuring that the laws of our community are enforced in a professional and compassionate manner they are protecting the rights of everyone.”

Collegian Reporter Rachel Musslemann can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @rmusslemann.