A federal court has refused the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit from an Occupy D.C. member, who alleges the Interior Department violated his First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights when it cleared protesters out of their camp in McPherson Square last year.
U.S. District Court James Boasberg denied a motion to dismiss from the government in Bloem v. Unknown Department of the Interior Employees, allowing the case to move forward.
At issue is the property of David Bloem, who camped out McPherson Square along with other members of Occupy D.C. and contends he lost his belongings when the National Park Service cleared the park on Feb. 4, 2012.
Bloem alleges the property, “a tent and display that included a green indoor/outdoor carpet, a blue tarp, a baby stroller, a tent case, a six-inch-high white plastic fence, and six garden stones stenciled with ‘Occupy DC’ and children’s footprints,” according to the court, was destroyed immediately by officials, giving him no chance to recover any of it.
These sorts of decisions give me hope. For anyone who thinks it's only some painted rocks etc., think again. Protest memorabilia is collectable. While a capricious market makes valuation difficult, especially this early, it's entirely likely as the Occupy movement ages there will be a collectable market demand that develops.