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New guy up a City Park tree throws smoke bomb

The park isn't taking the recent protest lightly and plans to press charges when the man climbs down. (FOX 8 Photo) The park isn't taking the recent protest lightly and plans to press charges when the man climbs down. (FOX 8 Photo)
Officials say the new person in the tree threw this at police officers. (FOX 8 Photo) Officials say the new person in the tree threw this at police officers. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Another man has planted himself in a City Park tree in an attempt to protest the planned multi-million dollar golf course.

City Park officials said a man named "Beaux" is holed up in an old oak tree within the fenced-off area currently under construction. This follows an incident last week when another man, Lloyd Boover, fell out of a tree nearby during his nearly two-week-long protest.

It's one reason why some people think the man in the tree now needs to leave.

"C'mon man let's be real, you're doing wrong," said Terry Brown, a local golfer. "You want to protest, protest the right way. You can't climb in the tree and expect them not to remove you. Eventually they're gonna come and get you out of there, you're gonna fall asleep or hurt yourself like the other guy. Wake up and smell the roses. It's coming, it's the future, the city needs this golf course."

City Park officials said this weekend the protesters broke into the fenced-off area, tearing down a safety fence and vandalizing some vehicles.

"They've thrown feces on cars, they've tried to pour sand in the gas tanks of some people, they've repeatedly torn down fences that have to be put up, so all of that is a cost that has to be absorbed," City Park CEO Bob Becker said.

Even the City Park for Everyone Coalition, a group that is also against the golf course, wants to make sure the protesters aren't damaging the park.

"I think that there's a lot of people that are upset in the community, and they need to recognize they're not helping themselves by vandalizing. So I'd ask them to not vandalize," Christopher Lane said.

Lane also expressed his concern that the protesters' First Amendment rights aren't infringed upon. He said that if City Park officials would sit down with them to discuss changes to the golf course, his group would try to talk the protester out of the tree.

The park isn't taking the recent protest lightly and plans to press charges when the man climbs down.

"Mainly we're really concerned about their safety," Becker said. "We've already had one person go up in the tree and fall out of the tree, so we've tried to say this is not a good thing to do. You should not be in a tree, you're not making any point, you're not stopping construction, and it's dangerous to be up in a tree."

Becker said the construction crews have been able to work around the protesters and their efforts haven't delayed the project.

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