Judge rules against Occupy Wall Street encampment
NEW YORK - A New York judge has upheld the city's dismantling of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, saying the protesters' first amendment rights don't entitle them to camp out indefinitely in the plaza.
The judge denied a motion by the demonstrators seeking to be allowed back into the park with their tents and sleeping bags.
Police cleared out the protesters in a nighttime sweep early Tuesday. The judge upheld the city's effective eviction of the protesters after an emergency appeal by the National Lawyers Guild.
The protesters have been camped out in privately owned Zuccotti Park since mid-September. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he ordered the sweep because health and safety conditions and become "intolerable" in the crowded plaza.