People’s Park Activist Arrested

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday June 06, 2006

Disabled People Outside Project activist Dan McMullen was informed last week that he could either pay $10,000 in bail money or face arrest for violating an earlier probation by getting arrested at People’s Park on April 30. 

According to eyewitness reports, the People’s Park incident involved McMullen transporting his two sons in a trailer attached to his wheelchair, when he was informed by two UC officers that vehicles or carts were not allowed in People’s Park. 

When McMullen refused to move his wheel chair, he was ordered to procure his I.D., and when he refused to do so it resulted in a physical confrontation with the officer, leading to his getting handcuffed. 

The UC police have withdrawn their charges against him for trespassing, resisting arrest, and battery on a peace officer. 

Captain Mitch Celaya of the UC Police Department told the Planet that according to the charge sheet, McMullen will appear in court on July 5 to hear charges related to violation of probation only. 

Celaya added that by getting arrested at People’s Park, McMullen had violated an earlier probation.