Friday, August 20, 2010

Anti-lodging law used at City Hall to make arrest


August 20 2010

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Homeless campers ticketed again

Police handed out two more tickets for alleged unlawful lodging Wednesday night at a homeless demonstration camp in front of City Hall, and arrested a man wanted on a felony weapons warrant, spokesman Zach Friend said.

On Thursday morning, Samuel Muller, 28, was arrested for a Fresno-generated warrant for a weapons violation, Friend said. Muller initially gave officers a false name, Friend said.

A group of homeless people began camping in front of the county courthouse on July Fourth and then moved to City Hall last week.

Protesters are seeking a change to a city code which prohibits sleeping outside between 11 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, for the second night, police kept large floodlights shining on the camp. They said the lights are for added security.

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