Bronson Park group charged weeks after encampment cleared

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly a dozen people taken into custody as officers worked to clear a protestor encampment at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park appeared before a judge Wednesday morning.

Tensions between city leaders and protestors at the camp simmered for weeks before coming to a head on Sept. 19, when city officials ordered campers to empty the park, citing a city ordinance banning camping in the park without the city's written consent.

The protestors, many of them homeless or advocates for the homeless, are demanding more housing options and social services.

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