by Chet Hardin
Jury selection was set to begin today in the case of a former Occupy Colorado Springs protester, according to Patrick Jay, a member of the local Occupy.
Steve Bass, as we reported last year, was the first person to be ticketed by the Colorado Springs police under the city's new "No Camping Ordinance." It was a dubious honor for Bass, who set up his tent in Acacia Park during a local Occupy protest.
Bass was participating in the Occupy Colorado Springs protest. He says others were allowed to sleep in the park, despite having been given previous warnings, because they did not set up tents. Bass violated the ordinance on purpose and hopes his case will challenge the law, which he sees as unfair. He notes that he's a longtime volunteer for services for the homeless.
According to Jay, Bass is being represented by counsel in the trial. He also notes that it interesting that media have reported on the recent arrest of another man as the city's first-ever arrest under the controversial ban.
"The news article omitted mention of the arrest and prosecution of Steve Bass begun last year. Was this an acknowledgement that the November 2011 citation in Acacia Park was to curb protest, not manage vagrancy?" Jay asks in a press statement.
The jury trial will begin Aug. 10.