Meet the latest thug to emerge from an Occupy protest: Oregonlive.com reports that "A 29-year-old man was arrested this morning inside the Occupy Portland encampment, police said, on suspicion of throwing a Molotov cocktail onto a staircase at the World Trade Center last night."
David J. Hodson was booked into the Justice Center Jail on accusations of first degree arson, manufacturing a destructive device, possession of a destructive device and second-degree criminal mischief. His bail was set at $272,500.
Is he representative of the Occupy Wall Street movement? I suppose not. Mr. Hodson is, after all, just one guy who allegedly threw just one Molotov cocktail.
Maybe most people would not want to have any association with a group that includes a possible Molotov cocktail thrower, even if it might have been just one guy, but not the Occupy protesters.
In fact, the same Oregonlive.com story goes on to detail three more arrests (for alcohol, drugs and weapons, and a violation of probation) and one drug overdose that led to a hospitalization. All of these incidents seem to have taken place on a single day at Occupy Portland. As Abe Greenwald recently noted at Commentary, Occupy Wall Street "continues to morph, from a political wave to a crime wave."