Citing "Numerous Breaches" of Agreement, City Hall Tells Occupy Dallas to Clean Up or Get Out
|Photo by Anna Merlan|
|First Assistant City Attorney Chris Bowers, at left, just last week|
The Crisis Intervention unit of the Dallas Police Department has inspected encampment on several occasions and remains concerned about the health and public safety of people at the camp, especially children. Participants in Occupy Dallas have been arrested for criminal trespassing, obstructing a public sidewalk, assaulting a public servant, and resisting arrest. Moreover, some participants have been observed urinating in public, operating a space heater within three feet of combustible material, and committing various parking violations.Also included is a missive sent to Jonathan Winocour, the group's legal rep, in which First Assistant City Attorney Chris Bowers outlines what he says are other violations of the agreement, including the removal of temporary fencing "protecting the trees" behind City Hall, "which has required the City to expend resources on replacing the fencing on an almost daily basis." And, writes Bowers, "some participants of Occupy Dallas at times have left feces, moldy and mildewy food, and piles of trash at the camp."
Writes Bowers, the group has until 5 p.m. Saturday "to cure all of these violations and to treat public property with appropriate care." Says the city attorney, if that doesn't happen, the city will rip up its settlement and begin removing tents and enforcing "all laws." Suhm and Bowers's docs follow. City Memo About Occupy Dallas