Occupy Fort Collins activist Benjamin David Gilmore was arrested while protesting in Occupy Fort Collins and charged with first degree arson in the fires of two buildings in Oldtown. He is also charged with second-degree burglary and criminal mischief. Gilmore is held on $250,000 bond. The really, really big news in the story is that Gilmore is a Republican. I can’t remember seeing a single identification of a “Democrat” in all the (probably) thousands of stories about “occupiers.”
Benjamin Gilmore was detained on a court order Thursday and later arrested at the Fort Collins Police Services station, 2221 S. Timberline Road.
Limited information is being released regarding the arrest, because all supporting documents have been sealed. No further arrests were made by Friday evening, but the case remains under active investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team, in cooperation with Poudre Fire Authority and Fort Collins Police Services, officials said. Investigators completed processing the fire scene and the NRT left the scene Oct. 30.
The properties officially have been released to the owners and/or property management company. Benjamin Gilmore’s criminal history includes charges of drunken driving and speeding, according to Colorado court records, but he has no history of arson or violence.
The fires cost an estimated $10 Million in damages. The original fire started in the Mason Flats which was under construction and empty. It then spread to the adjacent Penny Flats condos, where some lost their homes.
Fort Collins occupiers say Gilmore has been active in the movement since “day one,” is well-liked and has been a leader. He is said to be a Republican and a Ron Paul supporter. Pam Geller has more on Gilmore here. See a video interview by Kevin Mussman, with Gilmore (a few days before his arrest), explaining what Occupy Fort Collins is about.
If you are not aware of the startling number of rapes and assaults in the Occupy movement across the country, take a look at this latest update at The Lonely Conservative, some first-hand reporting and join the call to action to let the Democrat National Committee (202-863-8000) know it is time to step up and put a stop to these, anything but peaceful, assemblies. We can flood their switchboards, send emails and faxes, and if you are on of the unfortunate to be represented by a Democrat Congressman/woman or Democrat Senator, call them too.