Occupy protesters say Dallas police crossed the line

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 8 at 3:07 AM

DALLAS — All but one of the eight Occupy Dallas protestors arrested at a rally over the weekend have now been released from jail.

They were arrested during a violent outburst outside the Bank of America tower on Saturday morning.

City officials say Stephen Benavides — the lone protester still in jail — started the trouble when he allegedly tried to hit an officer in the face with a flagpole. He's charged with assaulting a public servant and resisting arrest.

Seven other activists spent two days in jail charged with improperly using a sidewalk.

Protestor Paul Penny said officers were too aggressive. "They stuck the pepper spray bottle directly in my eye," he said. "You can see it; it looks like I'm bleeding."

Penny was among those arrested for being on the sidewalk.

No official complaints have been received by the Dallas Police Department.

The city plans on reviewing the videos that are available to see to if any policies or procedures were violated.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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