'Occupy Sacramento' members say police violated their rights

7:43 AM, Oct 7, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Protestors joining the "Occupy Sacramento" movement say they plan to stage more demonstrations Friday and through the weekend at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento.

The group is among many across the country extended from the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in New York. Similar demonstrations were taking place in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Late Thursday night, about 20 "Occupy Sacramento" protestors were arrested by Sacramento police. Officers told the demonstrators they had to leave the park when it closed at 11 p.m., but many stayed. The ones who were arrested were charged with misdemeanors.

Members of the group are furious over the arrests and are considering a march to City Hall Friday to send a message to city councilmembers and Mayor Kevin Johnson, and to advocate for their rights to protest in public places.

One of thos arrested showed an order that he says police issued to him that bans him and all the others who were arrested from going back to the park. The protestor, who is an employee with the ACLU, said he plans on taking legal action against the police department for his arrest and banishment from the park.

At 10 a.m. Friday, "Occupy Sacramento" will meet for what they call a general assembly to vote on various issues regarding the movement and its purpose.

The movement has gained momentum in part due to social media. The group has a Facebook page to organize protests, and is live broadcasting on ustream.tv.


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