Lincoln Police arrested one man who would not leave after he was allegedly asked by police to vacate the Centennial Mall early Wednesday morning.
Protester Jeffrey Eggerss says just after 4 a.m. Wednesday police arrived in vehicles with lights. He says 2-3 dozen officers in a line advanced with canine units towards Centennial Mall. A police helicopter flew overhead.
Eggerss says police told him to leave the area and continued the line across L Street. Eggerss says he returned get some of his stuff from the sidewalk along Centennial Mall when he was arrested by police.
Twenty-two-year-old Eggerss was booked in for jail for failure to comply.
Mayor Chris Beutler announced in February that Occupy Lincoln would need to peacefully evacuate Centennial Mall by May 1.
Occupy Lincoln members said they were asked to evacuate by midnight, Tuesday to comply with the eviction notice.
In a letter sent from City Attorney Rod Confer, the City explained the deadline was set to make way for a planned renovation.
Occupy Lincoln has been protesting on Centennial Mall since October 2011 against what its members see as corporate excess.
According to Lincoln police, two others who were in the park left when asked on Wednesday morning.