At least eight members of the protest group Occupy Lawrence were ticketed early Saturday morning for remaining in South Park after hours.
Lawrence Police Department officers arrived at South Park at around 2 a.m., where members of the group have been camping for the past week. The citations included a summons to appear in municipal court on Nov. 15.
It appeared that those who wished were given the option to leave the park before being cited. Several members of the group said they left to avoid penalties and then returned after police officers had gone.
A handful of onlookers in a separate part of the park watched as protesters received tickets.
Occupy Lawrence member Jessica Barron said officers targeted members of her group, but failed to ticket anyone who did not appear to be a member.
"Their justification for issuing those tickets is they have to universally apply the law. But they did not universally apply the law."
Protester Stephen Robinson said he was happy to stay and receive a citation, but he would not be willing to be arrested because he could not afford to lose his job.
Protesters remained in the park after police officers left.
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