Occupy Denver: David Lane to use Mayor Michael Hancock's honks against him in court

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

And so it begins. At a Monday hearing, Occupy Denver and the City and County of Denver will face off in a courtroom over attorney David Lane's motion for an injunction against the enforcement of municipal ordinances seen as restricting the protest's free speech -- like, for instance, honks in support of the movement. But Westword has obtained some of the plaintiff's exhibits, and they suggest that irony will be a major strategy.

The main recurring theme throughout the exhibits we have access to is a suggestion of hypocrisy. While one of the most notable members of the plaintiff, Daniel Garcia, was ticketed for honking in support of Occupy Denver, his legal team has collected evidence of the man a few steps behind that ticket supporting the same action, albeit in different circumstances.

Exhibits one through eight cover a pre-election campaign strategy for Mayor Michael Hancock -- one that revolves around, you guessed it, honking. The collection comes in a series of screen shots taken by Christopher Dodd, an investigator and legal assistant for Lane's firm Kilmer, Lane & Newman. The first few screenshots mark events organized for the purpose of encouraging honks from motorized passersby on a different corner of Colfax this past June. Participants in the event, referred to as a "Honk 'n' Wave," are joined in photographs by Hancock himself on a day that likely didn't lead to any tickets for city ordinance 54-71's "horns and other warning devices" entry. While Garcia admitted to "two or three" honks in support of the occupation, he did not confess any waves. Perhaps that's the key?

Continue through for both sides' most recent responses to the motion for a temporary restraining order: Response in opposition to plaintiffs' motion for a TRO

Plaintiffs Reply in Support of Motion for TRO

Keep up to date with Westword's previous coverage of the group's injunction and open-records requests here: "Occupy Denver: Charge against plaintiff in David Lane lawsuit dropped days before court date."

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver initiates plan to recall Mayor Michael Hancock."

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.