A total of 4 occupiers have now died in encampments across the nation.
From Indiana Public Media
A report from the Monroe County Coroner’s office says a local homeless man died of natural causes early Saturday. Occupy Bloomington protestor Aaron Pollit was one of the first to discover the man.
“A fella came up to me at about 5:30 [a.m.], and he said that he thought that there was somebody dead that was in his tent,” Pollit says. “And, that was really surprising to me.”
Just past midnight Saturday morning, the man was given a place to sleep amidst the Occupy Bloomington protestors. According to longtime friend, Tim Michl, who currently resides in the tent city at People’s Park, the man was not part of the demonstration.
“The people here were trying to help out a guy who just kinda stumbled in here,” he says. “The people at the camp tried to put him up for the night. He was not regular resident here, but they tried to put him up and did what they thought was right.”
Mayor’s office spokesman Jared Schlemmer says the man’s death does not affect the city’s willingness to let the protest continue.