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Most Occupy L.A. arrestees to be released Friday

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Most of the nearly 200 Occupy L.A. protesters who remained in jail are expected to be released Friday  because they have clean criminal records, according to the city attorney's office.  

A couple of dozen protesters -- chanting, "All night, all day, Occupy L.A!" -- are rallying on the sidewalk across from Central Arraignment Court near the Twin Towers Correctional Facility downtown. A small number of Los Angeles Police Department officers had gathered to monitor the crowd.

Attorney Carol Sobel, who has advised the protesters, said Friday that 183 arrested protesters would be released without an arraignment. In all nearly 300 were arrested early Wednesday when 1,400 LAPD  officers broke up their 7-week-old encampment surrounding Los Angeles City Hall.

The city attorney's office has up to a year to charge those being released, but it is not clear how many ultimately will face prosecution. 

The arrestees face potential charges of failure to disperse and, in a few cases, resisting arrest. They initially faced a minimum bail of $5,000. About 40 had been bailed out Thursday.

U.E. Daniels, 21 of Los Angeles said that as soon as everyone is released, protesters plan to regroup. "It's not over," Daniels said. "This is only the beginning."

Another protester showed scabs on his wrists. He said the injuries were because the zip tie handcuffs were too tight and on too long.

A dozen other protesters are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon, Sobel said.

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Photo: LAPD officers arrest an Occupy L.A. protester near the encampment at City Hall on Wednesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 

 
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