Mayor Mike Rawlings on Occupy Dallas Encampment: They Can Stay. Tonight, Anyway.
Photo by Chris Howell
True to his word, City Hall spokesman Frank Librio just sent a statement from Mayor Mike Rawlings in response to U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle's ruling this morning, which cleared the way for the city to give Occupy Dallas the heave-ho from the parking lot behind 1500 Marilla if it chose to do so. Says Rawlings, the Occupiers can stick around ... for at least one more night. This is the entirety of what Rawlings has to say on the subject, for now:
Today the judge made it clear the city has the authority to enforce the agreement in place. No action will be taken this evening at Occupy Dallas. City Attorneys will discuss the next steps with this group's legal representation tomorrow. The city has attempted to balance this groups first amendment rights with the city's responsibility to protect the activists and general public. Public Safety and the health conditions at the encampment remain a paramount concern.
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