Update: KUT News has received a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Here's DPS Media and Communications Press Secretary Tom Vinger:
On 08/09, at approximately 6p.m., Corey Williams and Audrey Steiner were arrested for Criminal Mischief, class C misdemeanor. Williams and Steiner were observed chalking the sidewalks at 11th Street and Congress Avenue across from the Capitol.
The charges might be enhanced to a class B misdemeanor if the cost to the city of Austin is $50 or more but less than $500. This is based on the cost to clean the chalk off of the sidewalks.
According to the Criminal Mischief law (28.03), “a person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, intentionally or knowingly makes markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings on the tangible property of the owner.”
Original post: Two supporters of Occupy Austin were arrested downtown yesterday, charged with criminal mischief for what appears to be drawing on the sidewalk with chalk.
Several photos were posted to the Occupy Austin Facebook page, showing the arrest of two individuals.