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One Occupy D.C. member acquitted

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A member of Occupy D.C. on Thursday was acquitted of a charge of disobeying a police officer during an emergency because the officer could not prove she was at the scene of the crime.

District resident Morooj Alwazir left D.C. Superior Court not guilty for ignoring a U.S. Park Police officer's order to leave a wooden structure erected in McPherson Square in early December.

Ms. Alwazir was one of 12 protesters on trial for their actions, which included climbing on and remaining in a 25-foot wooden structure that became the catalyst for a police and protester clash.

Ms. Alwazir's attorney, Jeffrey Light, who is also representing the other 11 defendants, said he was “very excited,” about the acquittal, handed down by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Wingo.

“It's fairly rare to get these types of motions granted, particularly with identifications,” Mr. Light said.

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