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Occupying the courtroom: What happened to Occupy Tucson’s tickets?

Occupying the courtroom: What happened to Occupy Tucson’s tickets?

CREATED Mar 26, 2013
Reporter: Kevin Keen
 
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They came. They occupied. They got kicked out. But what happened next?
 
Occupy Tucson took over downtown parks for months starting in late 2011. Night after night, police ticketed demonstrators for staying in those parks after hours and for blocking sidewalks. In the end, officers wrote 852 tickets.
 
Occupiers argued the police and the city stifled their free speech.
 
“The police presence from night one was huge. Such a heavy-handed presence for nonviolent protesters was just completely unnecessary,” said Occupy Tucson defense attorney Paul Gattone. “Now, a year-plus later, we're still litigating cases. Completely unnecessary. My viewpoint was once the camp was gone, those hundreds of tickets should've been dismissed.”
 
KGUN9 News found the city did not dismiss all of the occupiers' citations.
 
So, what happened to the cases? KGUN9 found hundreds thrown out, many led to arrest warrants and some went to trial.
 
Tuesday night at ten, KGUN9 breaks down the outcome of the cases and learns of possible revival of the movement here in Tucson.