Occupy Body Count

Police gather evidence at Occupy Salt Lake City

Death at Pioneer Park results in closure of Occupy SLC camp

As a result of a man dying overnight at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park, Police Chief Chris Burbank on Friday ordered Occupy Salt Lake protesters to vacate their camps at both the west-side park and downtown’s Gallivan Center.

The protesters have until Saturday at sundown to pack up and leave.

Burbank said he would try to work with the group to find other avenues to express their opposition to Wall Street policies and corporate greed, but in the wake of the death early Friday morning he could no longer allow camping out in subfreezing weather on public sites.

Burbank said it appears the victim died sometime around 2 a.m., likely from a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning and a drug overdose. Along with a propane heater, police had reportedly been seen retrieving what appeared to be drug paraphernalia from the victim’s tent as they gathered evidence at the scene late Friday morning.

Burbank, flanked by representatives of several social service agencies and homeless advocates, arrived just after noon and asked campers and reporters to gather round. He said the existence of the protest camps had become a public safety issue. He wondered if the dead man would still be alive, had he not been camping.

Exposure, drug overdose, suicide and murder. The body count keeps rising and the evidence continues to mount that these are not a bunch of noble patriots trying to survive the winter at Valley Forge.

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30 Responses to Occupy Body Count

  1. crawdad says:

    I blame FOX News infiltrators.

  2. crawdad says:

    A Petri Dish of Activism, and Germs

    The chorus began quietly at a recent strategy session inside Zuccotti Park, with a single cough from a security team member, a muffled hack between puffs on his cigarette. Then a colleague followed. Then another.

    Soon the discussion had devolved into a fit of wheezing, with one protester blowing his nose into the mulch between clusters of tents.

    “It’s called Zuccotti lung,” said Willie Carey, 28, a demonstrator from Chapel Hill, N.C. “It’s a real thing.”


    As the weather turns, the protesters in Zuccotti Park, the nexus of the Occupy Wall Street protests in Lower Manhattan, have been forced to confront a simple truth: packing themselves like sardines inside a public plaza, where cigarettes are shared and a good night’s sleep remains elusive, may not be conducive to good health.

    “Pretty much everything here is a good way to get sick,” said Salvatore Cipolla, 23, from Long Island. “It’ll definitely thin the herd.”

    The city’s health department said that officials had visited the park and that it would continue to monitor conditions with winter looming. “It should go without saying that lots of people sleeping outside in a park as we head toward winter is not an ideal situation for anyone’s health,” the department said in a statement.

    Dr. Philip M. Tierno Jr., the director of clinical microbiology and immunology at NYU Langone Medical Center, said the conditions could leave park-dwellers susceptible to respiratory viruses; norovirus, the so-called winter vomiting virus, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea and which could quickly overwhelm the limited bathroom facilities in the area; and tuberculosis, which is more common in indigent populations and can be spread by coughing.

  3. HELENK says:

    Ms. McCarthy, who said the month she had spent in the park was the longest amount of time she had remained in one place in two years, noted the health obstacles might be a point of pride for some demonstrators who view sickness as the product of their sacrifice. “That’s what makes an occupation such a powerful statement,” she said. “We will risk our own health and give up completely our own comfort.”

    how do you deal with twisted logic like this.?

    • HELENK says:

      Keeping the protests alive at all through the cold months is becoming a challenge for a movement flushed with the dramatic success of its first eight weeks.

      The Guardian has learned that Adbusters, the Canadian activist group which helped spark the movement, is even considering calling on occupiers to declare “victory” for phase one and go home for the winter – clear recognition that numbers are likely to dwindle anyway and make it increasingly difficult for the protests to maintain momentum and generate headlines.

  4. foxyladi14 says:

    my Grandma used to say I didn’t have sense enough to come in out of the rain.
    but these folks are wors’n me, 😆 :lol

  5. HELENK says:


    shooting over a bag of weed.
    Little tidbit in there, a no confidence vote planned for the mayor on her failure to control this situation

  6. HELENK says:

    JAY-Z markets occupy wear and will not share the profits with them
    Isn’t that typical wall st behavior?


    • DandyTiger says:

      Now that’s fucking funny. And somehow not the least bit surprising. After all, they’re mostly for the ultimate wall st. president.

  7. DandyTiger says:

    OWS motto: “We’re the distraction we’ve been waiting for.”

  8. yttik says:

    “…these are not a bunch of noble patriots trying to survive the winter at Valley Forge….”

    People should read about the real history of Valley Forge. Thousands died of starvation and disease, but it would have been thousands more if not for the efforts of about five hundred women, called Regimental Camp Followers. They were called that because they weren’t allowed to ride or march alongside the men, so they trailed along behind. Anyway, these women had the ability to scavenge supplies, to knit socks, to care for the sick and injured in uncanny ways. Believe it or not, the army, congress, didn’t understand that a shoeless, half fed soldier was likely to get sick and die. These women did and their resourcefulness saved thousands of people.

  9. Rocky Hussein Squirrel says:

    Just out of curiosity, whatever happened to Scott Olsen?

    Since he left the hospital a couple weeks ago there haven’t been any updates about his condition. I suspect he’s too healthy to be a good martyr anymore.

  10. HELENK says:


    do not know whether Oakland’s mayor will back down again to her BFFs.
    there is talk of a no confidence vote against her due to her inactions

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