The City Attorney's office began dismissing charges this morning against 31 people arrested in the Occupy Sacramento protest.
The defendants had been arrested for violating a city code prohibiting them from remaining in a city park after closure hours. The Occupy Sacramento demonstration has set up its base in downtown's Cesar Chavez Plaza and has asked City Hall to remain in the park overnight, a request that has been repeatedly denied.
Each of the protesters arrested was booked at the Sacramento County Jail and spent up to one day in jail.
"After evaluating the facts of each case and criminal history of each defendant, the City Attorney's office has determined that the arrest and jail time that each dismissed defendant served achieved the People of the State of California's demand for substantial justice," City Attorney Eileen Teichert said in an emailed statement.
The city attorney's office said it would move forward with prosecuting those protesters with multiple arrests for violating the park hours ordinance. Amy Williams, a city spokeswoman, said the city is proceeding with charges against nine defendants.