An Ohio appeals court decision has opened the door for Occupy Cleveland protesters -- or anyone else -- to stage late-night demonstrations in the city's Public Square.
CLEVELAND - A 24-year-old man from Medina was arrested at the Occupy Cleveland protest in downtown for allegedly giving officers a hard time when they caught him violating the protest permit.
Cleveland police said Johnathan Bowen was among a group of protesters sleeping under tables covered in tarps in Public Square. Police said the Occupy Cleveland permit does not allow for any camping or sleeping in public areas.
Officers woke each person up and asked for their names, but they said Bowen refused to identify himself and kept asking if the permit had been revoked. According to the report, police told Bowen that the permit was not being revoked, but they needed his name for reporting purposes.
Officers then tried to take Bowen to a police cruiser so they could ID him, but he allegedly refused to move and dropped to the ground. When police tried to place him under arrest, officers said Bowen began to swing his arms wildly to avoid being handcuffed.
Cleveland police were eventually able to subdue Bowen. He was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct and peace disturbance.