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Police evict all Occupy Dallas protesters

Police evict all Occupy Dallas protesters
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:46am

The police chief of Dallas says officers waited to evict dozens of Occupy Dallas protesters until the demonstrators violated city law by camping on public property.

Chief David Brown says police had given protesters about 90 minutes to clear out before officers early Thursday arrested 18 people who balked at leaving.

City officials on Thursday also said the campsite had become a public health and safety hazard. Brown says those who were detained "chose to be arrested" to make a statement.

Occupy Dallas protesters have said they were trying to raise awareness about corporate greed and economic inequality.

The demonstrators, under an Oct. 17 deal with the city, were allowed to stay at the site as long as they kept the area clean and obeyed the law.

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