Nine Occupy protesters arrested in Palm Desert
Nine protesters involved in Occupy Coachella Valley were arrested early Tuesday after ignoring warnings to stop camping at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert overnight, authorities said.
More than 50 demonstrators had been talking part in the protest, but on Friday Palm Desert had ceased issuing permits to the group that had allowed them to pitch tents overnight.
Through Monday night, deputies with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department warned the protests that they had to disperse. A small group of protesters, however, stated publicly that they intended to stay, even if it violated city ordinances.
When deputies arrived at the park at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, most of the protesters moved to the sidewalk to avoid arrest. However, seven protesters remained –- including a 17-year-old girl -– and were taken into custody. Two more were arrested about an hour later, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department.
All were arrested on suspicion of unlawful camping and unlawful assembly, and one protester also was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest.
-- Phil Willon
Photo: Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies arrest protester Ryan Cartwright, 21, inside the boundaries of Civic Center Park in Palm Desert on Tuesday. Credit: Crystal Chatham / The Desert Sun / Associated Press