She became the first arrestee.
Within an hour they were all gone.
The night after their permit to remain in downtown's Lee Park expired, members of the Occupy Charlottesville movement, an ardent band of peaceful campers and protesters made a last stand as scores of supporters arrived to encourage their effort. But in the end, the final show– including a naked woman– was not enough to stave off ouster by the Charlottesville Police Department.
Since mid-October, when a few tents appeared in the one-acre park, the local version of Occupy Wall Street has attempted to rally support for the idea that too much wealth has been concentrated in the hands of too few. The provocative 24/7 effort stoked controversy as City government appeared to extend privileges including the right to have campfires, porta-potties, and free electricity.
"We're sorry if there's been an inconvenience," protester Bailee Hampton told City Council recently. "We're trying to change the world."
Those words were eventually affixed to a placard, along with other notable quotes from renowned advocates for a better America as well as the words of the First Amendment which guarantee "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
But in the end, the City told them they had overstayed their welcome in the park that some North Downtown neighbors wanted returned to the way it was. On Wednesday, November 30, the day the City promised to start making arrests, UVA vowed that its terrain was off limits as a replacement.
The naked woman was the first in cuffs. Contributing Hook photographer Tom Daly was there for the midnight roundup.
Charlottesville police released a list of the 18 people arrested:
John H. Haines, 20
Kaitlin A. Johnson, 21
Ryan L. Whitcomb, 22
Mario G. Brown, 23
Megan M. Ranfro, 23
Derrick Shanks, 23
Sara M. Tansey, 23
Chelsey R. Weber, 23
Kali A. Cichon, 25
Bailee E. Hampton, 31
Veronica H. Fitzhugh, 32
Shelly S. Stern, 36
Lee A. Kinkade, 38
Bruce C. Hlavin, 51
Earl Flansburg, 54
Frank Richards, 56
Jon Grainer, 57
Donna J. Carty, 60
All the arrestees reside in Charlottesville or Albemarle except for Flansburg of Louisa, Shanks of Staunton, and active Facebooker Hampton who is listed as "homeless." Brown and Carty left the park after getting cited while the others were jailed and later released. All were charged with trespassing, but the garment-shedding Fitzhugh earned an additional charge for "indecent exposure."
More photos online at readthehook.com.
Note: the final paragraph before the names was tweaked and the names were added a few days after this original posting for print publication. The original headline read: "Occupy ousted: Cops take naked lady, at least dozen others"