SANTA ROSA (CBS/AP) — Police have cleared more than half the tents from the Occupy Santa Rosa encampment around city hall that some protesters say had morphed into a homeless camp.

Officers on Tuesday morning evicted campers from 26 tents that did not have permits. Another 18 tents granted permits by the city in an effort to maintain order at the weeks-old camp were allowed to stay.

Santa Rosa police Lt. Craig Schwartz said protesters complied peacefully with police orders to leave and no arrests were made.

The camp reportedly once numbered up to 100 tents, but many of the original Occupy Santa Rosa demonstrators abandoned the site as drug and alcohol abuse spread among the camp’s homeless residents.

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