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City Rejects Plea For Overnight Protests

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Sacramento City Council last night decided to keep the ban on overnight camping in place…despite pleas from protestors like Matt Joy who told the council it's a matter of free speech.

"This is a case of people demonstrating their First Amendment right to assemble and peaceably discuss the issues and address grievances that they have with their government with the way that they are being economically limited and marginalized in this system."

But City Attorney Eileen Teichert told council members - closing the park at 11 PM each night is not infringing on First Amendment rights.

"While those rights are protected greatly by the law it's not an unfettered right and so the city is entitled under the law to adopt reasonable time, place and manor restrictions upon the use of its parks and other public facilities."

In the past two-weeks, Sacramento Police have arrested more than 60 protestors at the park.

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