Six Occupy Tampa Protesters Arrested

Tampa police say at least six Occupy Tampa protesters have been arrested Friday morning for violating a sidewalk ordinance.

Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis says several protesters are refusing to move off the sidewalk in front of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park after repeated warnings, and more arrests are expected.

Later, a small group of protesters marched toward police headquarters in downtown Tampa, chanting “arrest corrupt police.”

The ordinance police say protesters are violating reads:

(a) It is unlawful for any person to place in or upon any place, street, sidewalk, alley, landing, wharf or pier owned or controlled by the city and located within the city limits any article or thing without a permit therefor, unless such article or thing is otherwise authorized by law.

(b) If any such article or thing shall be placed in or upon any such place, street, sidewalk, alley, landing, wharf or pier without lawful authority, the official, without notice, is authorized to cause such article or thing to be removed to some convenient place designated by him. The cost of such removal shall be charged to the owner of the article or thing or to the person responsible for placing, establishing or fixing the article or thing in violation of this section.