Occupy Richmond protesters have been hanging out at Richmond’s Kanawha Plaza, sleeping there, and paying nothing for the privilege, or for security. The Richmond Tea Party paid $8,000 and complied with all of the liability and security provisions required by the city for the Tea Party in 2009. The Occupiers paid nothing. Richmond Tea Party is sending a bill to Mayor Dwight Jones. They want their money back.
As the person in charge of the 2009 event, Owens said Richmond officials dictated the number of police and emergency personnel they were required to have on site and required a $1 million liability policy to protect the city. Owens said that when a Tea Party member decided to call the mayor’s office to see if the protesters had required any of the necessary permits for the park, the city said that “Occupy Richmond” didn’t have any requirements for them to protest and stay overnight in Kanawha Plaza.
“We’re forced to comply with the laws, but yet they don’t have to,” she said. “That’s such a blatantly unequal application of the laws.” Source: CBSWashington
I read stories like this, and it is very difficult not to think all types of government are corrupt. Can anyone think the Mayor didn’t realize the Tea Party paid $8,000.00 and the Occupiers nothing? That the Tea Party was lawfully in the park, following City rules, but the the Occupiers – not. I hope the group gets the rebate, but if not, some attorney must step-up and represent them in a court-of-law.