DEL CITY — 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.
About 2 a.m., police
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.
Store works with police
Del City police Lt. Steve Robinson disagreed that excessive force was used. He said only one of the protesters arrested was combative.
Suit said one of the protesters was booked on a complaint of resisting
Walmart spokesman Dan Fogleman would not comment specifically on the behavior of either the protesters or the police but said the store is working with officers as the incident is investigated and had specifically asked that police be at the store during Black Friday.
“It's important to note we have taken a lot of steps in our stores to maintain a safe shopping environment,” Fogleman said.
“As part of these plans, our store worked with police to have officers at the store during the event.”
The protesters were taken to the Del City jail and booked on the misdemeanor complaints. No serious injuries were reported at the store.
Five protesters were still in jail late Friday morning, Faulk said. He said he posted $565 bail and was released.
“I am honestly just shocked by the behavior of the Del City Police Department and the Walmart management,” Faulk said.
Officials at the Del City jail would not say Friday afternoon whether the remaining five protesters had been released on bail.