Overwhelming police presence 'unnecessary,' Occupy Dallas lawyer says

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 3:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 6:55 AM

DALLAS — Before scores of police officers moved in to dismantle the Occupy Dallas campground early Thursday morning, Jonathan Winocour, an attorney representing the protesters, advised them to leave peacefully. He said the overwhelming police presence was "unnecessary."

"Frankly, it's a grossly disproportionate use of threatened force for this situation," he said. "It's very aggressive, in-your face policing. This is reminiscent of some nascent police state; that's a little scary."

"It's unfortunate, because as an officer of the court, an attorney, I'm tempted to encourage people not to engage in anything that's going to get them arrested," Winocour added. "But this is an act of civil disobedience, and at some level, I guess you have to 'Gandhi up,' for lack of a better term."

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