LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Ten members of the Occupy Lawrence movement pleaded not guilty to violating city park hours.
The protesters made their first court appearance Tuesday. They rejected a plea offer of a $200 fine, $60 in court costs, a six-month-suspended jail sentence and a year of unsupervised probation.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the protesters’ next court appearance was scheduled for Dec. 12.
The 10 people were ticketed last month for violating city park hours after protest members began camping in South Park.
The group was told on Oct. 25 that it could no longer stay overnight in the park. A city ordinance bans use of the park from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.