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Ten Occupy OKC protesters were arrested in Del City. The arrests happened Friday at a Walmart.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY and BRYAN DEAN Modified: November 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm •  Published: November 25, 2011

— Ten members of the Occupy OKC movement were arrested on complaints of disorderly conduct Friday after they protested inside a Del City Walmart, police Capt. Jody Suit said.

About 2 a.m., police officers working off-duty security jobs at the Walmart Supercenter, 5519 Tinker Diagonal, called for assistance claiming the protesters were causing a disturbance in the back of the store, Suit said.

Arrested were Destiny Smith, 22; Jay Vehige, 21; David Grandstaff, 21; Sean Lovell, 25; Christopher Thomas, 33; Mark Faulk, 55; Bronwyn Agnew, 23; Helen Lavictoire, 27; Cassandra Lavictoire, 27, and Griffin Lavictoire, 19. All are from Oklahoma City.

All are members of Occupy OKC, according to a news release from the group.

The news release states that the group was at the store doing “mic checks” to show support for employees who had to work Friday. The group said several of its members were tackled by officers during the arrests.

The “mic check” is an exercise in which one member of the group shouts something, and the others in the group repeat what the speaker said.

Faulk said he was filming the others who were involved in the chant. He said the protesters were asked to leave when they were shouting “Buy local!”

“Del City police ran and started tackling people from behind,” Faulk said.

He said he shut off his camera to walk out and turned it back on to videotape a protester on the ground. Then a Del City officer tackled him from behind and handcuffed him, Faulk said.

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