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45 Occupy Chicago Protestors Cited During Sit-In on LaSalle Street Bridge

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 18, 2011 12:10AM

45 people were cited with civil disobedience charges after a sit-in was staged this afternoon on the LaSalle Street bridge. A Police Department lawyer said the protesters were officially cited with "Pedestrian Failure to Exercise Due Care" for blocking traffic access on the bridge. The lawyer stressed that no one was arrested and the citations, at less than $100, were similar to parking tickets.

The protests began around 3:30 p.m. as part of a "National Day of Action" with solidarity protests across the country. Chicagoist's Aaroncynic was on the scene and said he heard reports the crowd totaled between 800-1,000 strong. The march left the bridge and headed to the Chicago Board of Trade building, where they're currently gathered. the protests are taking up a city block.

We'll have more on this tomorrow.