by Josh Gross
Boise Police responded to reports of a fight at the Occupy Boise camp at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
According to Occupier Jessica Barber, the fight broke out when someone, who had previously been ejected from the camp for violating its no-alcohol policy, returned with alcohol.
When the former Occupier was asked to leave on Saturday, the conflict escalated into a fight according to eyewitnesses. Attempts to break that fight up turned it into what Barber called "a melee."
Barber said that the incident violated both the camp's policies and its philosophy of non-violence.
"They [the people involved] think they're a part of this, but really they're just looking for a place to crash downtown," she says. "It's not what we do here. We're here for a reason, not because we want to take care of all the drunks."
A man in his early 20s with a fresh black-eye declined to offer comment saying "it was nobody's business."
Boise Police said that there wasn't much they could do because it was the jurisdiction of the Idaho State Police, and that BPD had responded because of proximity.
Boise Police did question two transient men several blocks away from the camp, but let them go.
According to Boise Police, six people were involved in the disturbance, and medics were called to the scene to assist one person with a head injury. BPD told Citydesk that "no one wanted to say they were a victim, so no arrests were made."
Occupiers are facing a deadline of Monday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. for an eviction to go into effect after Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a new law, with an emergency clause, that calls for the ouster of the encampment from state property. Attorneys representing Occupy Boise have asked U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to place a stay on the eviction. Winmill has promised to hand down his ruling on Monday.