Justice Michael Stallman of the New York State Supreme Court ruled against Occupy Wall Street protesters on Tuesday afternoon, saying the demonstrators could not bring tents and sleeping bags back into the lower Manhattan park they have been occupying since September.
New York City police cleared Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning and removed tents that the protesters had set up. Earlier in the day, lawyers for the protesters got a temporary restraining order preventing the eviction that “left the protesters in a kind of limbo as they waited for Justice Stallman to issue his ruling,” The New York Times reported.
According to the Times, Stallman eventually ruled that Occupy Wall Street participants “have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations” to the exclusion of the landlord or “others who might wish to use the space safely.”
According to The New York Post, Stallman’s ruling was also a result of the city’s health concerns.
“Neither have the applicants shown a right to a temporary restraining order that would restrict the city’s enforcement of law so as to promote public health and safety,” Stallman ruled.
CNN reported that the ruling does not prevent protesters from gathering in the park.
You can read the whole ruling here.