Police arrested demonstrators who were camped in about two dozen tents in front of the Iowa Statehouse late Sunday night, after warning them twice that they were trespassing.
Iowa State Patrol officials warned those gathered at the peaceful “Occupy Iowa” event at about 10:30 Sunday that they lacked a permit to camp on state-owned land.
Teams of troopers began hauling the chanting protestors to jail shortly after a final warning at 11 p.m. “We could be here all night, but I hope it doesn’t come to that,” Capt. Mike Winter of the patrol said.
The group, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that started weeks ago in New York, provided a venue for Iowans to vent about everything from Congress to the Supreme Court to corporate compensation.
OK I get it they are trespassing but I wonder if the cops would be called if it were the Bachmann panty sniffing brigade. Where are these same cops when suburban conservatives go out scoping out the local Jr Highs with their new pals they just met on line? Or when they're asking their daughters to hook them up with one of their friends? I just hope none of these protesters go looking for a lawyer. Knowing what we know about the fine people from Des Moines they seem to love frivolous law suits.