The Colorado Springs Police Department is taking a peaceful approach to the Occupy Colorado Springs protesters at Acacia Park.
Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Noblitt said the protesters aren’t creating a disturbance, so the issue isn’t a high priority.
“It’s one of those things where we’re not really receiving any complaints,” he said. “We have referred this matter to our Homeless Outreach Team. They’re the ones that deal with camping issues.”
The so-called HOT team is out of town on a conference and returning Monday, Noblitt said.
“When they come back, they’re going to go down and make contact with them. But at this point, we haven’t really received any complaints,” he said.
“But if we start receiving complaints, if they’re blocking paths down there, sleeping down there, we’ve made it clear to them that it would be in violation of our ordinances, and they can be arrested. We’re not saying we’re waiting until Monday. We’re just simply saying we made a referral to our outreach team,” Noblitt said.
Noblitt said police haven’t planned a crackdown on the protesters despite reports.
“It was misrepresented that we had some kind of ultimatum and that at 11 o’clock last night we were going out and arrest a bunch of people. That was never the case,” he said.
Earlier today, it was reported via Twitter that the protesters were working with City Council “on a solution.”
Council President Scott Hente said that was news to him as well as President Pro Tem Jan Martin.
“Certainly, you’re not going to tell me as a responsible journalist you’re using Twitter as an acceptable news source,” he said.