NYCLU to City: Don’t Use Wall St. Clean Up as a Pretext for Mass Arrests

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October 13, 2011 —  In response to a statement by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly that Occupy Wall Street protesters will not be allowed to bring their sleeping bags, coolers and gear back into the park tomorrow following a cleanup of Zuccotti Park, New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman issued the following statement:

“If the city is drawing a line in the sand over cleaning the park and refuses to accept the reasonable offers by protesters to do a clean up, then the recent statements by the mayor and police commissioner about protecting the right to protest were disingenuous.

"The city must not use the clean up as a pretext for mass arrests. To do so would be a violation of the spirit of the First Amendment and the spirit of dissent.”

The NYCLU will have teams of legal observers on the scene throughout the day on Friday.