Occupier Arrested Again on Gun, Drug Charges


An “entertainer” and Charlotte Occupier has been arrested again, the day he was released from jail. According to the Charlotte Observer:

A man known for his involvement in the Occupy Charlotte movement was arrested Sunday and charged with resisting an officer, carrying a concealed gun and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Gifford Cordova, 33, of Lake Wylie, was released from jail the same day. …

Cordova was among those who expressed disappointment in December after four men, including two Occupy Charlotte members, burned U.S. flags at the Charlotte tent site. The four were charged with careless use of a fire. Cordova said their actions reflected poorly on the movement.

Police officials in Charlotte are working with Democrats to crack down on protest movements in the run up to President Barack Obama’s reelection kickoff. The DNC wants to avoid the violence that marred the 1968 Democratic convention and hurt the party’s image nationwide.

Cordova has participated in Occupy protests in at least three cities, according to the Charlotte Observer.