Occupy Protesters Released from Custody

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM EDT


(Buffalo, NY) Ten Occupy Buffalo protesters arrested early Thursday morning have been released from custody.

The group was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, when they refused police requests to take their camping supplies and leave Niagara Square.

Since October, the City of Buffalo has allowed Occupy Buffalo to set up a encampment in downtown Buffalo. The terms were specified in a legal agreement which expired at midnight on February 1st.

After negotiations between the City and protestors broke down, Buffalo Police and municipal crews removed several tents and camping gear from Niagara Square.

In court, the arrested protesters were offered dismissal of the charges after six months, if they agreed to not set up tents in Niagara Square, or any public area within a radius of three miles from Niagara Square.

Buffalo City Court Judge James McCleod, told the group they can still protest peacefully, but no camping.

The ten protesters agreed and were released from Buffalo City Court.

City of Buffalo ordnances prohibit overnight camping in public areas.