for The Gainesville Sun on Oct. 15, 2010
Hare Krishna devotees in a parade down Gainesville's University Avenue, holding a sign celebrating how they have served cheap vegetarian fare to UF students since 1971.
A Trenton man was arrested outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for assaulting two Hare Krishna devotees.
Gainesville Police Officer Robert Kennedy was alerted to a fight happening in the road in front of the stadium. He found James Gregory Faleris hitting Damadora Roe in the face. When Kennedy ordered Faleris to stop, he refused to back away and, when Kennedy tried to place him in police custody, Faleris then tried to hit Kennedy.
A second Hare Krishna, Paxel Delgado, told Kennedy that Faleris had spat in his face and called him a homosexual slur.
It happened just before the end of Saturday's game against Louisiana State University. Faleris is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and two counts of simple battery.
A group of Hare Krishnas chant and play drums before each home game outside of Gate 7.
Police also arrested and/or ejected a total of 119 people from the game Saturday night.
More than two dozen people were arrested, five of whom were UF students. A dozen people were arrested for possession of alcohol, six for disorderly conduct and six for possession of drugs. Eight people were asked to leave the stadium for smoking.