Occupy Dallas is taking the city to federal court on Friday in order to remain in Pioneer Park. The city pulled the group's permit after they failed to secure a $1 million insurance policy. Occupy Dallas states they are not required to purchase the insurance policy according to city statutes, and city officials were making the permit impossible to obtain to drive them out of downtown Dallas.
The permit that had been provided with the insurance stipulation was yanked on Tuesday, and the city stated that Dallas police would start enforcing park curfew and the no sleeping in public ordinances. As of Wednesday evening no arrests had been made of Occupy Dallas protestors, but only time will tell. Dallas city ordinances require an insurance policy for groups of over 2,500, but there are only about 200 24-hour protestors in Dallas. All other protestors are coming when time permits and going home in the evening.
Occupy Dallas' lawyers have filed an injunction with the federal court to ensure protestors can stay put in Pioneer Park. The group has remained adamant that no illegal substances or alcohol is allowed within their camp to lessen the likelihood of unwarranted searches of all participants. Even with this precaution, police have warned all the protestors that they are subject to search which is against their constitutional rights, leaving the city up to lawsuits if police actually follow through.
The protestors do have a constitutional lawyer on their side who has been supporting the occupiers by offering free legal help. While he has not been called on to follow through with his offer to bail protestors out of jail should they be arrested, he is standing up for the group as a whole in court on Friday. Without the federal court's support, the group may find themselves subject to arrests and fines for spending the night in the park. Hopefully the court will recognize that Occupy Dallas is peacefully protesting and tell the city there is nothing they can do about the occupation.