Janitor's Protest at 5000 Westheimer
November 2, 2006 -- At approximately
1:30 today, November 2, 2006, police were called to the intersection
of Post Oak and Westheimer regarding a disturbance involving many
people. Upon arrival, police noticed that a protest was underway
in the middle of the intersection and impeding traffic. The arriving
attempted to disperse the crowd via their public address system,
and some, but
not all, of the protesters removed themselves from the roadway.
protesters were handcuffed to trash cans with duct tape over many
of the cuffs.
The Special Operations Division was requested
to scene along with HFD and additional units to re-direct traffic
and prevent other protesters from joining those already in the
street. The remaining protesters were given a second warning to
disperse or risk being arrested for a Class B misdemeanor - Obstructing
a pathway via a bullhorn. A third and final warning was given
to each individual protester that they would be arrested if they
did not voluntary comply with the order to vacate the street.
Those protesters who refused to comply with the
orders or heed the warnings given were arrested for the Class
B misdemeanor. Approximately twelve individuals were arrested,
searched, and taken to jail. Within two hours of first being notified
of the disturbance, police were able to protect the protestors
in the middle of the street, converse with the DA's office on
charges to be filed, physically separate the protesters from their
cans, arrest them, and return the flow of traffic to its normal
operation before rush hour.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division a