Occupy Youngstown members mulling order from police chief

Occupy Youngstown members mulling order from police chief

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Chief Rod Foley has given members of the Occupy Youngstown movement until midnight to remove a tent, tarps, chairs and all other items from their location in the city’s Central Square.

If the items aren’t gone by then, Foley said police will remove the items and members “risk being cited for the violation.”

Occupy Youngstown members will meet at 8 p.m. to decide what they’ll do. Foley hand-delivered a letter ordering the removal of the items around noon today.

“Tonight will be the moment of truth for all of us, where [we will] decide to continue quiet compliance or possibly determine that it is now necessary for civil disobedience to ensue,” said Alta Sacra, an Occupy member.

Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone said the city has been patient with the Occupy members. The group’s members can continue to picket and march, but they won’t be permitted to keep items at their location because it blocks the sidewalk, a violation of city law, he said.

The group set up on Oct. 15 after a rally. Initially, the group — protesting a variety of issues including state Issue 2, the influence of Wall Street and bank reform — planned to stay until Tuesday, Election Day. But over the weekend, the group decided to stay on Central Square indefinitely.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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