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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