Occupy America Social Network
"Occupy Evansville protesters are following the lead of similar movements all over the country by setting up camp. Protesters have built a "tent city" in a Downtown Evansville park tonight despite the chance of criminal consequences.
About 25 people started pitching their tents at around two thirty this afternoon in preparation for an all night sit-in. But if the protesters aren't gone by the time the park closes, police say they could face criminal charges.
The Occupy movement sprouted up in Evansville about a month ago and has continued to gain momentum. Organizer Don Mottley says tonight the protesters are staging their second all-night sit-in at the park near the Four Freedoms Monument. Their mission, to make a statement about corporate greed, high utility rates and other issues.
But Mottley says police told him they would have to leave the park when it closes or face possible consequences. Evansville Police declined to speak on camera but filled us in on their plan.
First they would issue verbal warnings, second they'd begin writing citations, then they would start arresting any protester who refuses to leave. Mottley says he believes the could be possible because the Evansville movement is smaller than the larger displays in Oakland and New York City."