Agreement reached in Cincinnati Occupy disputes

LISA CORNWELL Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati has dismissed hundreds of charges against Occupy protesters in return for protesters dropping their federal lawsuit against the city.

Occupy Cincinnati members announced the agreement Monday on the steps of City Hall. The agreement also establishes a 24-hour public space in the park where protesters were cited last year on charges of trespassing and failure to leave the park after hours.

Occupy Cincinnati member Aaron Roco (ROH'-koh) calls the agreement a victory for constitutional rights and for Cincinnati residents.

A spokeswoman for the city manager says the city always was concerned with safety and enjoyment of the park and is pleased the matter is settled.

The protesters were part of a movement that started about six months ago on Wall Street against what demonstrators say is economic inequality.