Occupy protesters go on trial in Philly
PHILADELPHIA - April 26, 2012 (WPVI) -- The head of the Philadelphia police Civil Affairs Unit says officers only arrested protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street after they marched through city streets for hours following their eviction from a plaza next to City Hall.
Thirty protesters are on trial on charges including conspiracy, failure to disperse and obstructing a highway in connection with the Nov. 29 eviction.
Capt. William Fisher testified Thursday police brass only ordered arrests as the morning rush hour approached, several hours after the middle-of-the-night eviction to make way for a construction project.
The protesters had camped outside City Hall in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, speaking out against economic inequality and what they called corporate greed.
Defense attorneys say those arrested were on a sidewalk and not obstructing the street.
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