The city of Kalamazoo has said it will begin to disperse an encampment of homeless residents and other protesters from a popular park downtown on Tuesday evening.
Update: 10:24 p.m.
No arrests have been made, despite threats of removal from the park and potential arrest if the park wasn't vacated by 7 p.m.
There were several people who came to support the protesters who made a circle around the homeless residents, who were prepared to spend the night in jail for their cause.
Shannon Sykes Nehring, a Kalamazoo City Commissioner who is protesting with the homeless residents, says it's important that all the protesters stay together.
"So that if and when the police come to arrest folks, we know where they go, we can make sure they’re safe and we can get them help," she said.
Original post: 5:14 p.m.
The homeless residents have been protesting in Bronson Park since August 19, after the city proposed alternative penalties for sleeping overnight in a park.