published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Nashville protestors issued misdemeanor citations

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    State Police arrest Occupy Nashville protestors early Friday morning Oct. 28, 2011 at the site where a few dozen Wall Street protesters have been encamped for about three weeks. Authorities began moving in early Friday using a newly enacted state policy that set a curfew for the grounds near the state Capitol, including Legislative Plaza where the protesters had been staying in tents. (AP Photo/JOHN PARTIPILO\ - THE TENNESSEAN)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Twenty-nine Wall Street protesters in Nashville have been issued misdemeanor citations for criminal trespassing after being arrested by state troopers overnight.

State troopers began moving into the state Legislative Plaza a little after 3 a.m. to remove the protesters under a newly enacted curfew for the grounds.

The state's new rules specifically banned "overnight occupancy" at the public space and require permits and use fees for rallies.

After a night court judge refused to sign the warrants for lack of probable cause, the Tennessee Highway Patrol issued the citations.

A total of 75 state troopers were involved in the arrests.

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Onceuponatime said...

You forgot to mention that after the judge refused to sign the warrants they took the protesters back into a bus and held them at a parking garage in Nashville for 5 hours!

October 28, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
purplelaw said...

Not so sure the misdemeanor citations will hold up after judge found lack of probable cause. Typically misdemeanor citations are issued in lieu of arrest for an otherwise valid criminal charge. It will be interesting to see the final disposition of the citations.

October 28, 2011 at 3:25 p.m.
brokentoe said...

*"NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Twenty-nine Wall Street protesters in Nashville have been issued misdemeanor citations for criminal trespassing after being arrested by state SS STORMtroopers overnight"

Nashville doesn't have any oil and their not protesting some rogue and brutal regime on foreign soil. Just the one in their own backyard. Otherwise, the protesters would have been cheered on.

A judge who apparently believes in the Constitution and Bill of Rights! U-GO-JUDGE!!

October 28, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.
BluesHarp said...

“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent.” -Gore Vidal

“We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability." -David Mamet

“The fundamentalist mind, running in a single rut for fifty years, is now quite unable to comprehend dissent from its basic superstitions, or to grant any common honesty, or even any decency, to those who reject them.” -Henry Louis Mencken

"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There are only two choices: A police state in which all dissent is suppressed or rigidly controlled; or a society where law is responsive to human needs. If society is to be responsive to human needs, a vast restructuring of our laws is essential.”

“The dissent we witness is a reaffirmation of faith in man; it is protest against living under rules and prejudices and attitudes that produce the extremes of wealth and poverty and that make us dedicated to the destruction of people through arms, bombs, and gases, and that prepare us to think alike and be submissive objects for the regime of the computer.”

"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." - William O. Douglas (All three)

“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.” -Barbara Ehrenreich

October 28, 2011 at 10:08 p.m.
Facts said...

I have a brother who lives in Nashville & works within blocks of the Capitol. The reason there's been a curfew is the huge problem with the homeless and intoxicated loitering and relieving themselves in that area. Seems like the protesters can blame the homeless and not the corporate bad guys on this one.

October 29, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.
WhitesCreek said...

Facts didn't state the facts. The legislature changed the rules for the park just so the THP could attack the protesters. We can blame this one on the ALEC puppets in the legislature. Time to vote for some people who will represent Tennessee and not some Koch Brothers backed corporatist organization.

October 29, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.
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