Acquittal for first arrested Occupy Philadelphia demonstrators

Ten Occupy Philadelphia protesters have been acquitted. The ten protesters arrested in October are the first from the group to be tried in court.

Spectators lined the right wall of the courtroom to watch long stretches of video of the protest and arrests on October 23.

Occupy Philly members assembled in the street that day in front Philadelphia’s police headquarters to speak out against police brutality. They were arrested for blocking the street and refusing to move.”This is a First Amendment issue. It’s free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and these folks chose to make a sustained protest which lasted much like the occupation,” said Jody Dodd, a member of the Occupy Philly Legal Collective.  “At the police accountability building they were making a statement and they were arrested,” .The judge dismissed the charges against the group.  

The Occupy Philadelphia protesters that were arrested when police evicted them from Dilworth Plaza have not been tried yet.

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