OccupySacramento Saturday night
SACRAMENTO - Protestors say they aren't going away - until at least October 15th. Occupy Sacramento members have been filling Cesar Chavez Park since Thursday.
Many promise to continue to occupy the site despite 20 arrests for staying on property past park hours overnight Thursday and another 14 arrests Saturday overnight.
Sean Thompson is one of three protestors arrested both nights.
"We're fighting for civil liberties and civil rights and we're fighting for our fist amendment right to stand up for what we believe in," Thompson said. He is one of several protestors who went back to Chavez Park Sunday evening after being released from Jail Sunday morning. Police arrested them on orders from the Sacramento City Manager to arrest anyone who refuses to leave the park after its closing hour.
Chavez Park closes at 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays - and closes at midnight Friday and Saturday nights.
All of the protestors arrested were cited under CA Penal Code 409 - a "failure to disperse" misdemeanor given to those who are part of an "unlawful assembly" and refuse to leave after being given a "lawful order."
Despite collecting future court dates, potential jail time and fines, many Occupy Sacramento protestors promise to continue staying in the park past closure hours. They believe their removal is unlawful and infringes on their rights to "peacefully assemble" and hold "peaceful protests."
Thompson said he's prepared to be arrested again, if needed. "I'm going to go back to jail as many times as it takes to get the point across."
By Natalie Sentz, firstname.lastname@example.org