A judge ruled against Occupy Wall Street protesters and upheld New York City’s move to rid Zuccotti Park of tents and sleeping bags.
Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman denied a motion by the demonstrators seeking to be allowed back into the park with their tents and sleeping bags, in order to set up camp and stay overnight.
Stallman ruled that the park’s rules prohibiting tents are reasonable to maintain public safety and health and to keep the park clean.
“The protesters have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations to the exclusion of the owner’s reasonable rights … or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely.”
NYPD officials have confirmed that protesters can stay the night, as long as there are no tents or sleeping bags, also if you get rejected from entering Zucotti Park, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this morning the NYPD, on orders from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, evicted protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement, citing that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park posed a health and safety threat.
To read the entire court order, click here.