Police, Protestors Prepare for Occupy Lansing

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Porsche Santillo's fired up about Occupy Lansing.

"We're mad as hell, and we're not gonna take it any more," she said.

But she's no stranger to protests at the Capitol. She was there in mid-march when LPD cops were called away from dealing with rowdy demonstrators.

"They disappeared. They, just all of a sudden, they were gone," Santillo recalled. "All we saw were State Police. We saw no more city Lansing Police."

She's among many in the crowd who say Mayor Virg Bernero told them they wouldn't be arrested for protesting.

"He said we could stay as long as we need to and that Lansing Police wouldn't harass anyone," said Santillo.

Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski has since said she made that call. In any case some Occupy Lansing protesters feel the city is on their side.

"If not support, they're not getting in the way," said protestor Benjamin Butler.

"We asked Lansing Police if they would again pull their officers from the Capitol. That they wouldn't answer, but they did say if MSP calls for help, they will respond.

"We work hand in hand all the time and I have absolute confidence anything we need from LPD or any of our partners, we'll have that assistance," said F. Lt. Chris Kelenske of MSP.

Protesters we talked to aren't worried about the police being there. They just want their message heard.

"I'm interested in bringing the wall street criminals to justice who basically tanked our economy and the world's economy into a downward spiral," said Rob Powell, who's eager to particpate Saturday.

"The same people who keep getting richer keep telling us to get a job. There are no jobs! It's over. It's done. Give us some jobs," said Butler.

The Occupy Lansing rally begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Capitol.


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  • by Autumn Location: In East Lansing on Oct 18, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    Hippies I tell ya!!! Hippies!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM in reply to Autumn
      Autumn, Hippies went out and did what they could to support themselves, washed dishes, cleaned houses, worked in Micky D's. These are not hippies but people who think they deserve good jobs, and they want to earn big buck to start. At least $35,000.00 a year to start. Hippies had more brains than this.
  • by david Location: charlotte on Oct 16, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    has anyone noticed how the media is handling this when the tea party started the tone was completely differant. they where reported as being racist , among other things but this occupy wall street seems to be getting favorable reviews i wonder why .
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      by RT on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:46 AM in reply to david
      You're right, David. At least with the Tea party, people KNEW what they were demonstrating about-limited government, less taxation, and greater personal liberty. I'm still not sure what these protestors are seeking. While there were no Tea Party folks making racist comments-they were portrayed as racist. There are many of these occupy Wall Street protestors making anti-Jewish comments and the mainstream media reports nothing. I think people are smart enough to see through all the double-standards and nonsense.
  • by Tinman Location: Michigan on Oct 15, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    It's a rare politician who has the guts to often not be afraid to say things which others might not care to hear. It's even more rare for one to recognize the right of others to do so as well. I have nothing but respect for Mayor Bernero's willingness to do both, even in those occasional instances where I don't entirely agree with him. If nothing else, his stated intent not to interfere with the Lansing branch of the protest speaks of his valuing the right of the average citizen to have their say in what our government does.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM in reply to Tinman
      He is after the votes.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM in reply to Tinman
      Virg never does anything that does benefit him. There will be a clash with the cops and he looks like a good guy and cops will look like goons.
  • by john Location: michigan on Oct 15, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    of course the lansing cops wont help. they are bribed by the unions/virg to look away.
  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Oct 15, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    I'd like to see the State Police show up with prison busses. I'd bet that a couple parked within view of the protestors would keep things orderly. And if it doesn't, then they are prepared. You can't fix stupid, but you can deal with it.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM in reply to Rick
      We elect stupid to office.
  • by Yaya Location: Laninsg on Oct 15, 2011 at 04:27 AM
    Take it federal governemt...there is a site across street from lansing capital office!
  • by citizen Location: america on Oct 14, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    Sounds like they are ready to raise some hoopla aimed at the wrong people. Its not wall street that's stopping jobs...ITS THE WHITE HOUSE! I hope it stays safe and I am glad we have the right to protest.
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      by Anon1 on Oct 16, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to citizen
      Who controls the white house? Who gives money to see 'their' candidate elected? Who has the most money in the country to do so? Answer these questions and then get back to me. The aim is completely right. Corporate welfare needs to end if we lived in a truly capitalistic society banks would get no bailout. They would have tanked and all your money is backed up to 100k... As if anyone has that much in the bank.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    Mayor Virg Might get elected to a liberal city by allowing hooligans cause havoc in a city, but when it comes to running a government, he has no clue.
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      by Anon on Oct 16, 2011 at 01:53 PM in reply to
      Look at the state of the Nation's government do any of them have any idea how to run a government? They may know how to get re-elected but beyond that I wonder. Be the change you wish to see instead of complaining with no resolution. Do you know how to run a government because if so they could use you in D.C.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to Anon
        There are 1000's of poeple who could run for office and do an excellent job, most of them do not because they do not want to be restricted to the rules or be an open book for slander.
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