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Arrest for no ID at Occupy Santa Cruz
Marie Meroke
Between 10 PM on Nov. 3, 2011 and 7 AM Nov. 4, 2011 sheriff's cited three and arrested one person for "lodging" on the Courthouse steps on Water St in Santa Cruz. The man arrested was cited for not having identification allegedly under the Patriot Act although intrinsically a violation of the Constitution. The aura of fascism impends upon the Occupy Wall Street movement which is partially supported by the City Council but evidently not by the County or Sheriff's Department. The "lodging" law is a nineteenth century Jim Crow law designed to keep transients from sleeping in public. The camp itself was not raided but only those sleeping on the courthouse steps. Four visits by the Sheriff's Department prevented sleep.

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