Monday, October 17, 2011
Anti-war activist Sheehan, 18 Occupy Sacramento protesters arrested early today
Anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan - one of the biggest names in the peace movement, was arrested along with 18 other demonstrators at Cesar Chavez Park early Sunday, police said.
Sheehan, 53, was booked into Sacramento County Jail at 3:15 a.m. for unlawful assembly in the park and failing to follow police orders to disperse, police said.
Occupy Sacramento reported there have been 58 arrests at the park at 9th and I streets across from City Hall since the nationwide protests began Oct. 6.
On Sunday, the protesters said the 19 people arrested had been peaceful, and among those arrested were a person using a wheel chair and another doing a hunger strike. That person had to be taken to a local hospital.
All were charged with "unlawful assembly," penal code section 409, a misdemeanor. Unless a protester has a lengthy criminal history or has been a flight risk in the past, "they would likely be released with a court date and be required to appear in a few days," said Sacramento PD Public Information Officer Laura Peck.