The Oklahoman recently ran a story about how Occupy OKC protesters and city officials have been able to work together to keep protests peaceful in Kerr Park.
It is against city ordinances to stay overnight in the park and use tents, but the city and local Occupy leadership reached an agreement to let the protesters stay there around the clock as long as they pay permit fees, keep the park clean and follow other rules, Assistant Oklahoma City Manager M.T. Berry said Wednesday.
Police in Tulsa, Portland, Ore.; New York City, Oakland, Calif.; Columbia, S.C.; San Diego, and elsewhere have gone into Occupy encampments and forcibly removed protesters. Officials in various cities have participated in conference calls to discuss concerns over unsanitary and even dangerous conditions involved with the protests.
Lately there have been changes in Occupy OKC as far as leadership and permit difficulties. A captain from the Oklahoma City police department recently came down to speak with protesters about obtaining permits, noise complaints and rumors of construction closing the park.
Members of the group had a permit denied at least one day last week due to the removal of portable toilets at the park, the captain said. Watch the video above for more.