Dallas, TX—(ENEWSPF)–November 7, 2011 After being held for 36 hours on the charge of ‘improper use of a sidewalk,’ five OccupyDallas protesters were released from Lew Sterrett jail a little after 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.
The group submitted the paperwork required to post bail before 10 a.m. Sunday morning and was surprised that protesters weren’t released for another 15 hours. “They should not have spent 36 hours in jail for jaywalking,” says Cordell Cameron, a member of the Media work group.
One of the protesters who remains locked up is being held on a felony charge of assaulting an officer. He is the protester who was allegedly shoved to the ground by off-duty officer Jay Hollis. Several videos of this event and other police actions which followed as a result have been posted on the OccupyDallas Facebook page. The group has published an open letter to Lt. Williams on their website urging him to drop all charges.
More information, including additional multimedia content, can also be found at www.occupydallas.org.
The OccupyDallas movement began Thursday, Oct 6 with a march from Pike Park to the Federal Reserve building. Over 1,000 people gathered to protest corporate greed and money influencing the government. The movement currently has more than 120 members occupying City Hall Park in downtown, with hundreds more joining in daily for marches to various corporations and banks throughout the city. The movement stands in solidarity with similar Occupy movements happening across the nation and the world, including the original Occupy Wall Street protest that featured tens of thousands of marchers and continues to grow.