(ATLANTA) -- Police arrested nearly two dozen protesters in Atlanta on Saturday.
Occupy Atlanta protestors camping in Woodruff Park began leaving before an 11 p.m. deadline when the park was due to close. Protesters, who have been camping in the park since Oct. 7, began filing out of the park shortly before the deadline imposed by the city due to security concerns in the area. Despite earlier statements from the Occupy group that they would stay, most left and took their protest to Peachtree Street.
Police arrested 19 people who they say became involved in a melee with police after an officer nearly ran a protester over with his motorcycle. Others who did not leave the park in time were also arrested.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Mayor Kasim Reed's office said the occupation of Woodruff Park cost the city $451,000 mainly on police overtime.
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