Occupy Sacramento demonstrators are settling in at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento Friday, entering their second day of protests.
More than a dozen were arrested because they refused to leave the park Thursday night.
At one point, some of the demonstrators made their way to the Sacramento Jail Friday morning in support of a lone protester who remained in police custody. However, that person was shortly released, and the group re-gathered at the downtown park near 10th and J Streets.
Click on the photo above to see a gallery from the demonstration.New photos added Friday afternoon.
At 11 p.m. Thursday, protesters left the center of the park and began circling and sitting down on the sidewalk around it. Sacramento cops started asking the demonstrators to move at 11 p.m. because that is the curfew for the park.
“If that’s the decision that they decide to make, then I guess I have to. I’m not gonna leave, we’re peacefully assembling in a place that my tax dollars are paying for, but people whose salaries are paid for by my tax dollars,” said Eric Lee, a student and one of the protestors in Cesar Chavez Park.
Attorneys were seen at the protest, offering legal help to those who may be arrested. According to Occupy Sacramento, 19 people were arrested overnight. By Friday morning, all were released, and told not to return to the demonstration. No word on what, if any, charges those who were arrested may face.
Some demonstrators FOX40 talked to Friday morning thought officers overreacted to their refusal to leave the park. “We were so peaceful, five year olds could have taken us in,” said Lee.
Friday afternoon, protesters rallied outside of the jail where the arrested demonstrators were held overnight.
Andrew Ramsey, a 33-year-old Air Force veteran, says he is also prepared to go to jail for the Occupy movement.
"[T]onight, I'm making the commitment," Ramsey told FOX40 Friday. "I'm going to stay in that park over there and they're going to have to get me out if they want me out."
Kevin Carter was another demonstrator oustide of the jail.
"I'm going to give up my freedom tonight," Carter said, echoing Ramsey's sentiments. "I'm going to be in there."
Occupy Sacramento plans to stay in Cesar Chavez park through Friday night until midnight, and continue the protest through the weekend.
"Occupy the [Cesar Chavez] park. 'Occupy.' That means don't leave. Stay," said Carter.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun