City Cuts Deal With Occupy Dallas After Filing Brief Explaining Why They Can't Sleep in Public

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Well, we were going to go to Earle Cabell at 10 this morning for The Big Showdown: City of Dallas versus Occupy Dallas for the right to pitch a tent in Pioneer Park, in the shadow of the convention center. Because, as you recall, Occupy Dallas made its case Wednesday night in court documents: The city's insistence upon an insurance million-dollar insurance policy infringed upon its "right to peaceably demonstrate in public forums" in the city limits.

To which the city responded late yesterday with this: "If Plaintiffs want to protest around-the-clock, they can," according to a brief filed by Dallas City Attorney Tom Perkins that's on the other side. "The City only seeks to enforce Section 31-37 of the Dallas City Code, which prohibits persons from camping and otherwise occupying the convention center grounds (including Pioneer Plaza) between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., and Section 31-13 of the Dallas City Code, which prohibits persons from sleeping in public."

But per Roy Appleton's pay-walled account of a late-night confab between Occupy Dallas's pro bono attorneys and some 100 camped-out protesters, a deal's been cut: They can occupy Pioneer Park till 5 p.m. Sunday, then will move to a spot near Akard and Canton -- behind City Hall and the convention center, more or less a block from I-30 -- where they'll be able to stay till at least December 12, with the stipulations they don't make any campfires, don't use City Hall's bathrooms, keep tents to under 200 square feet or get in anyone's way.

In a related note, on his Facebook page yesterday Mayor Mike Rawlings posed the question: "What do you think about the OccupyDALLAS movement?" To which someone responded: "More importantly, Mr. Mayor, what do YOU think about it?" To which Rawlings responded: "I believe individuals should be able to express their views within the framework of the law. Thanks for asking."

City Response to Occupy Dallas

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