ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-One by one, arrested Occupy Atlanta protesters began leaving the Atlanta City Jail Wednesday afternoon. The protesters began walking out of the jail around 2:30 p.m. and were greeted by a cheering group of supporters, chanting “Freedom” and clapping as each one walked out.

Just before 6 pm WAOK Talk Show host Derrick Boazman returned to the radio station after his release from the Atlanta City Jail saying, “freedom has a price.”

Occupy Atlanta supporters say they will continue their efforts and announced plans to hold a press conference outside of the jail. One of the most high-profile protesters, Joe Beasley of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, was among those most critical of Mayor Kasim Reed’s order to clear Woodruff Park early Wednesday.

Joe Beasley, dressed in a suit and tie, just moments after his release from jail pledged to move forward with a recall petition for Mayor Kasim Reed.

After the hearing, the nine attorneys, who were defending the jailed protesters pro bono, addressed another group of sign-carrying Occupy Atlanta supporters on the steps of the court building. Lawyers representing the protesters included Musa M. Ghanayem, Robbin Shipp, Mawuli Davis, Marcia Fuller, Shantel Martin, Antavius Weems and David Markus. All are volunteering their services.

Attorneys Weems and Davis are hosting “Too Much Truth” for Derrick Boazman Wednesday with the inside story of what happened during the arrests.

Woodruff Park, meanwhile, remained quiet and closed to everyone. Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos issued a statement at mid-morning saying that the park was closed and that anyone entering the park would be arrested.

More in this report from the AJC


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