OccupyDC As I See It: Tank Goes to the Tank

Tank is 6’4” and almost 400 pounds. He’s one of the first big guys I’ve met that matches his street (or nick) name. Ever notice how most big guys are named ‘Tiny’?

Tank likes to drink. Beer, whiskey, rum – anything with alcohol in it. Hell, if he could get drunk on 30 weight motor oil I think Tank would drink it.

Yesterday Tank got drunk. The cops were called. Tank came out of his tent. The cops arrested Tank and he went limp. That’s what the protestors are taught to do when they’re under arrest – go limp. The idea being to make the cops work for their paycheck. I think they worked overtime when Tank went limp.

It took about a half dozen cops to pick Tank up and carry him to the paddy wagon. Tank wouldn’t fit into the back of the wagon. So they moved him to a cop car. That’s when it happened.

Tank kicked one of the officer square in the cajones. The cop went down – obviously.

Once they got Tank into the back of a squad car to transport him to the, well, the tank, he kept kicking and screaming. He kicked out one of the back windows of the patrol car. Not a good career move.

So why all this interest in Tank this morning? I don’t mean to point the finger at Tank or what he did. The problem is alcohol.

The problem with OccupyDC is alcohol and illegal drugs. I think just about every fight — fist, gun, knife – has had one or more of the participants filled with alcohol and/or illegal drugs.

C’mon folks. This ain’t Woodstock. This is a movement to bring to light the greedy – almost despotic – behavior of corportations and their infiltration of congress and the legislative system. Public drunkenness and the use of illegal drugs should NOT be tolerated by the occupiers of McPherson Square.

If this non-sense keeps up, OccupyDC won’t have to worry about the movement being torn apart by the police – it’ll rip itself apart from the inside out.


Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content and he is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as OpEdNews. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. Nelson currently is in Washington D.C. pointing his camera at OccupyDC and freelancing for The Washington Times the second largest paper in the nation’s capital.

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10 thoughts on “OccupyDC As I See It: Tank Goes to the Tank

  1. Not everyone at McPherson is “movement.” I’ve run into some intoxicated people, but they weren’t activists, they lived on the streets usually.

    It’s not surprising that there would be drinking if several alcoholics are living there and it’s cold and boring. It’s a problem that’s going to be there and have to be constantly dealt with. I couldn’t say how much tolerance there is, but there’s certainly awareness of the danger it places the camp in.

    Who called the police on Tank? Was it because it of being drunk, or alleged sexual advances/assault?

    BTW, I missed the whole incident yesterday by about 20 minutes. But my (very amateur) pictures are here: http://wp.me/p21Mzr-6U

  2. It’s my understanding that the cops were called because of the alleged sexual advances/assault. But we need to remember that the advances/assault probably wouldn’t have happened to begin with if Tank hadn’t been drinking. I’ve been trying to help the “Descalation” folks understand that if they were to catch the alcohol problem earlier, then alot of the trouble that arises from that wouldn’t happen. But they just don’t seem to see it like I do.

    Great pics btw, I’d love to see more of your work!

  3. Actually, rehab on-site wouldn’t be a bad idea. I suppose they have some visiting social workers.

    Thanks so much for encouraging words about my pics. I just picked up the camera last month to take pictures of Occupy. I’d love to learn photography for real.

  4. Pingback: OccupyDC: Drunk and disorderly « Cool Revolution

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