Man Charged With Battery at Occupy Boise

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Michael Rabdau is being held on charges of battery and probation violation

A fight broke out at the Occupy Boise camp late Thursday night.

Lt. Shelby Kelley of the Idaho State Police confirmed to Citydesk that patrolmen were called to the Occupy site at 11:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call of a fight at the scene in front of the Old Ada County Courthouse, across the street from the Idaho Capitol.

"There was enough evidence to determine that there was a fight between two individuals and we arrested one of them," said Kelley.

Michael Rabdau was booked into the Ada County Jail and charged with misdemeanor battery, but he is also being held on a probation violation, a felony.

Last night's incident occurred less than a week following a report of another fight at Occupy Boise. An Occupier told Citydesk on Feb. 25 that a "melee" had erupted when someone, who had previously been ejected from the camp, returned with alcohol. According to Boise Police, six people were involved in the disturbance, but no arrests were made.

Law enforcement is expected to return to Occupy Boise at some point today, the deadline to transform the encampment from living quarters into a demonstration site. Occupiers have been ordered to remove their sleeping and cooking equipment from the site. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the State of Idaho could prohibit camping on state grounds, but could not prohibit a tent city representing Occupiers' grievances.

"Because the reach of the State's enforcement may exceed the grasp of the statute, this creates the appearance that the State is stretching to suppress the core political message of Occupy Boise," wrote Winmill.

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