Occupy Nashville claims Thursday night violence not related to protest

Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:51am

 

Occupy Nashville is claiming that the latest violence on Legislative Plaza isn’t tied to their encampment.

Last night, witnesses say they saw Justin Otto, 33, walk up to a woman’s tent, throw something from a cup onto it, and light it on fire, according to a Metro Nashville Police Department affidavit.

Protesters chased Otto to Church Street Park, where MNPD arrested him at around 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

But Occupy Nashville member Dorsey Malina said last night’s incident — as well as a fight on the plaza on Christmas Day — had no connection to the protests.

“There are some issues going on right now because the woman is saying that she was with Occupy Nashville, as did the two women who got in a fight on Christmas Day,” Malina said.

“I have confirmed through people on the plaza who dealt with the situation, they are there, they’ve been in a tent on the plaza, but they haven’t been active members.”

Malina also said last night’s incident involved a sleeping bag, not a tent, as indicated in the police report.

Otto was charged with setting fire to personal property and harassment, based on a report of threatening text messages he sent to his ex-girlfriend in September.

He posted the $4,500 bond and was released from jail Friday morning.

 

12 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 12/30/11 at 11:30

Pour gas on th perp and light it...before he does that to somebody on his sh*t list...no more danger from the perp....poetic justice.

By: BenDover on 12/30/11 at 12:17

Love how the unbiased news source leads with the spin. No news in Nashville anymore. All editorial.

By: Motorshag on 12/30/11 at 1:22

Happend on their encampment, to one of some of the encampment. Whom would you tie it to?

The free passes this paper gives out! Joke Joke Joke.

By: govskeptic on 12/31/11 at 10:22

"Yes, they were members, but not active members"? LOL.
A group of misfits on a camping and social adaption mission is
the only truthful mission of our own and the Nation's
"Occupy anything-anywhere-for any cause" collection of souls.
The Press should be charged for unfair labor practices in
using these personnel without paying wages for TV and
print stories!

By: Left-of-Local on 1/3/12 at 9:08

Occupy is forced to run this risk, since you can't own the public space. There is no good way to manage it, but the freedom of public space is too vital to change. Sucks, but reality.

Beyond that, the negative bullcrap here is just more attempts to derail the only visible movement again this nation's worst ill: greed.

By: yucchhii on 1/3/12 at 9:55

To all who speal ill of the occupy protestors: UNTILL YOU HAVE RESAEARCHED ALL THESES PEOPLE, YOU HAVE "NOTHING" TO SAY!! YOUR VOICE HAS "NO" MERIT! THAT'S LIKE CEMENTING TWO BRICKS TO GETHER AND HAVE NO WATER!! I have been to their "encampment" and I know what it's like there! There are a bunch of BUMS there that are trying to mingle in and "USE" the protestors for whatever they can get and don't care about the cause the protestors are there for. These are the same bums who are lighting fires and causeing fights purely because they are 100% USDA PRIME IDIOTS and don't care about anything!!! So, untill you have RESEARCHED and dug up TRUTH........"SHUT UP!!!"

By: TRHJR on 1/3/12 at 1:24

not related ..... put one foot in the Plazza and act a fool you are related .... City Paper you are related to these Jack asses .... City Paper you jus "too scared " to be there .... FOOLS .....

By: Rasputin72 on 1/3/12 at 4:56

If you look like a fool and you act like a fool I would think that should be significant enough to qualify one's admission to the "Occupy encampment."

By: BigPapa on 1/4/12 at 7:56

"Yes, they were members, but not active members", I guess "Some animals ARE more equal than others."

LOL you have to love it when stupid naive upper middle class fools pretend to embrace the underclass but then ultimately have to deal with the underclass rather than just walking by them or hearing about them in a lecture hall.

Bluff officially called.

By: sidneyames on 1/4/12 at 8:24

But Occupy Nashville member Dorsey Malina said last night’s incident — as well as a fight on the plaza on Christmas Day — had no connection to the protests.
“There are some issues going on right now because the woman is saying that she was with Occupy Nashville, as did the two women who got in a fight on Christmas Day,” Malina said.
“I have confirmed through people on the plaza who dealt with the situation, they are there, they’ve been in a tent on the plaza, but they haven’t been active members.”

Not related? Oh pleazzze! Get a grip woman. They were in a tent and on the plaza, but not active members? What is this? A country club? How much are the dues?

They are OCCUPY PEOPLE, representative of the types of people you have "protesting" and you all need to move on to higher ground. Try the park across the street from your leader in the White House. Let's see how long the Feds let you camp out for free!

Occuppy - Please - go occupy your own homes, your own jobs and your own lives. Get out of ours! Try to be one of the 99% of the people who are working hard to make a living and do the right thing.

By: yucchhii on 1/4/12 at 9:49

Like I said: If you haven't done the appropriate research on the matter, you ahve NOTHING to say!!! Otherwise your just trying to make yourself a NUISANCE!!!

By: titanman on 1/4/12 at 11:57

Yucchhii, for your information this is America, everyone is entitled to an opinion and a voice, even if it is uneducated, besides it wasn't that long ago that a story ran in this paper where the occupy movement, which I have followed since its began, were using these vagabonds and mentally ill individuals to help with their protest and cause, which in itself is sickening to me. Depending on the least of us to try and fight your battle is a shameful act in itself... all your trying to do is make yourself/the movement look bigger than it really is...You cant have it both ways. You cant claim they are not affiliated when they do something wrong, yet use them when it benefits your cause. Perhaps it is you who should do some reasearch. For starters, the movement is dead. It is not a true representation of the 99% that it claims to be...I personally dont think you could get 99% of America to agree on anything much less a political movement... I would recomend if you really want to change America, the way we opperate, and how we live, then perhaps run for public office or find a politician to support who shares your political views, or better yet move to a country that really needs reform. This country no doubt has issues, but it is still the best place on earth to live... My advice quit wasting tax payer money and resources, and interfearing with your fellow Americans daily lives and do something productive for once, at the end of the day you and the people around you will be happy you did.