Anti-Wall St. protesters arrested in Calif.

State employee Sarah Tomlinson, 26, took a day off from her job to join dozens of others in a protest in Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 6, 2011, in support of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in New York. At least 20 people were arrested overnight Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento, Calif., after police had announced to the crowd they needed to leave the park, since it was closed. Officers armed with tasers, batons and pepperball guns then surrounded the crowd and began making arrests.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento police arrested anti-Wall Street protesters early Friday morning.

The Sacramento Bee reports that police began arresting a group of about 19 protesters about 12:40 a.m. Friday.

After a series of warnings, police arrested the protesters one by one and brought them to nearby paddy wagons.

Police dispatchers told The Associated Press early Friday that they couldn't comment and spokespeople weren't immediately available.

The protest in support of Wall Street demonstrations in New York began in Sacramento Thursday with a rally that drew more than 500 people.

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CBS News station KOVR-TV in Sacramento reports that police warned protesters Thursday night that they could be subject to citation or arrest.

Some of the hundreds of protesters who attended a peaceful event earlier in the day showed hostility to reporters asking basic questions about the goals of the protest.

(At left, watch a KOVR-TV report)

Organizer Anthony Bondi said he has what he referred to as a "message team" working on the primary goals of the local protests, which he admitted were "kind of vague."

"That message team will reveal that tomorrow [Friday] morning," Bondi told KOVR-TV.

Other protesters gave clearer reasons for their attendance, saying that wealth disparity and corruption in the business world are causing harm to society.

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"I'm here because corporate greed and financial greed are ruining this country," said a retired educator.

Groups of demonstrators gathered around television cameras periodically and tried to shout down reporters with accusations of manipulating coverage of the protest. Other isolated protesters tried to convince attendees to avoid speaking with the media altogether.

In Los Angeles, 11 protesters were arrested Thursday after they entered a bank during a rally.

Early Thursday morning in San Francisco, police dismantled a protest encampment that had been occupied for nearly a week by activists protesting economic inequality.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that one protester was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer.