Haslam to request Occupy Nashville charges be dropped

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:33pm
By Steven Hale

Gov. Bill Haslam will ask the district attorney on Monday to dismiss charges against anyone arrested in relation to the Occupy Nashville protesters, according to Haslam’s office.

In all, 55 arrests were made over the course of two nights, each accompanied by a criminal trespassing citation. Additionally, two citations were issued for public intoxication and one for criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer.

At an Oct. 31 hearing, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a temporary restraining order, which stopped the state’s enforcement of a curfew on the grounds surrounding the Capitol.

Haslam spokesman David Smith said Thursday that the state was “beginning the process of establishing rules for use of the area by all citizens.” He cited the restraining order as the reason for the state’s request that the charges be dropped.

Smith also said that the state expects the restraining order to be extended but that, as allowed for in the order, they will continue to enforce “existing laws designed to preserve public safety and health.”

21 Comments on this post:

By: dva56 on 11/10/11 at 4:46

This Governor of ours is a laugh a minute. He's asking the DA to dismiss charges that at the time they were issued Night Court Commissioner Tom Nelson refused to sign stating there was not probable cause for the charges in the first place. Tom Nelson then released all those who had been arrested. Thanks for another chuckle Gov.

By: Nitzche on 11/10/11 at 5:03

actually, they agreed to shower if he would drop the charges

By: govskeptic on 11/11/11 at 6:31

Lessons for the future: Don't allow overnight camping for one
single night on Metro or State owner property in the downtown

By: nash615 on 11/11/11 at 7:26

If state & metro adopt a "no camping, never" policy for downtown, I'll be sure to pass along to occupynashville folks that they should put a tent in 20 different places in the city. We have better things to do with our tax dollars than get our panties in a wad about people camping out.

By: budlight on 11/11/11 at 7:32

In all, 55 arrests were made over the course of two nights, each accompanied by a criminal trespassing citation. Additionally, two citations were issued for public intoxication and one for criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer.

What? "criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer" and public intoxication should NOT be dropped.

and if "camping out" is OK, then I'll camp out on Broadway. Let's see if the Tourists like that or the merchants tolerate it. NO, these bums need to go home at sun down and actually they need to get real jobs.

By: pepawjoe on 11/11/11 at 8:19

Let's take a look at the known facts for a moment. Preimer Bill Haslam, the self imposed dictator of the Tennesse Government, did make his personal demand to close the State owned property to all those who were protesting, legally, according to Tennessee Law, but, were protesting the Financial Industries practice of "HOARDING" the wealth, much of which was "TAKEN AWAY" from the taxpayers initially, without our consent, and against our demands to the contary.
Mr Haslam is not used to having the REAL Truth, pressed into his daily routines, especially when he, himself has been a part of the very problems that these protesters are arguing against.
News Flash Premier Haslam, "We, the People" won't just stand by while you ravage our Constitutional Rights.

By: Radix on 11/11/11 at 8:28

He isn't self imposed. We elected him. Making up your own facts? Truth is relative to a liberal I guess. Selectively quoting the constitution, taking it out of context... typical.

By: oldhickorytony on 11/11/11 at 8:43

C'mon budlight... the public intoxication arrest was the bogus arrest of a Nashville scene reporter who in no way, form, or fashion was intoxicated. I have a feeling the alleged impersonation charge was just as bogus...

By: Moonglow1 on 11/11/11 at 9:07

Moonglow1: people are fed up with politicians and have "buyers remorse.". The Republican Tea governors are destroying the middle class. People are sick of these governors who are "occupying" governor's mansions. I am one of the 99 percent and Haslam and 50 percent of our Congress is not. So who really represents my interests. Certainly not Haslam. God Bless the OWS.

By: yucchhii on 11/11/11 at 9:18

TO NITZCHE, I assume you are aware of the cliche "There's an IDIOT in every crowd!" I'm just wondering "Why are you the one?" Maybe YOU need to take a shower!! You ALWAYS HAVE TO MENTION "SOMETHING" totally idiotic!! Seems to me that you CAN'T survive without throwing something "STUPID" out there!!! How about throwing in the "TOWEL?"

By: yucchhii on 11/11/11 at 9:23

To GOVESKEPTIC.... That's what makes them CAMP there...because it's "UNCONSTITUTIONAL" to prevent ANYONE from peacefully gathering and the constitution says NOTHING that they CAN'T be there over ANY AMOUNT OF NIGHTS. WHY? Because the they say it beongs to the state...BUT who PAYS THE TAXES for it? WE DO!!! SO "WE THE PEOPLE" ARE ENTITLED TO THIS PROPERTY!!! Do some RESEARCH! Learn, know!!

By: yucchhii on 11/11/11 at 9:29

To BUDLIGHT...You need to REread your comment and realize how much of a "FOOL" you made yourself out to be!!! You OBVIOUSLY don't understand what is at stake here and just how it affects "YOU" too. There's an OLD cliche "Think before you say!" Do you need to learn what THAT means? "IF" you know how do research, then THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO DO...BEFORE YOU COMMENT!! Lol, "Get a real job"...You sound SOOOoooooooooo typical in your thinking!! I suggest you STOP thinking..People around you are complaining of the smell of burnt rubber!!!

By: yucchhii on 11/11/11 at 9:38

To RADIX....He was NOT elected!! Nowadays the voting system is rigged for people like YOU to THINK it works!! This is what the OCCUPY groups are protesting. GET CORPERATIONS "OUT" OF GOVERNEMNT!! The corperations are controlling these things. Your vote in REALITY...DOES "NOT" COUNT!! It's all been PREdetermined!!! When you go to the polls to "VOTE", it's ALREADY been determined who will be in the office!!! "THIS IS "FACT" If our votes ACTUALLY counted, don't you think that we would have the control as the citizens this country? Think about it..!963, JFK was assasinated because he TRIED to something right. Since then, politicians have been driving this USA into the ground!!! That is also "FACT!"

By: pswindle on 11/11/11 at 10:12

Most people in TN will vote for anyone if they have the R after their name. If this keeps up, we are in big trouble. I bet that Corker will be re-elected because he has collected millions to run against a democrat. He is bought and votes as he is told. TN will have to fall totally into the toilet before the good people of TN wakes up. I think maybe after four years of Gov. Haslam may be the waking up point.

By: interest of point on 11/11/11 at 12:48

I wrote this my English is spangles but hoops you are understand to me.
This movement is a good opportunity to create leaders that promote formation of conscience
set specific objectives, goals, popular education on the policy, staff functions and people have to react not only to comply with work eat and sleep, which society want that future to inherit future societies with a political system so corrupt, with such ambiguous laws created and Matisse mean interesting of racism, which we of policy Partners Affiliate citizen example is presented to other countries such as human rights defenders but within its own country is otherwise abuse, zero tolerance, unemployment, restrictions, there is no equity, I think the present and coming youth must react on the country you have and who governs, when choosing a candidate for a position should examine government meticulous representing interests of the majority and not the interests of the rich the big companies, or case than in the U.S. have chosen a poor or middle class for governor or president or representative and let's not kid ourselves to sleep and get up and walk deceived awake to claim a fairer system that benefits large majority of this country, an American family today somewhere in this country enters the ranks of poverty or extreme Poverty and have heard that this country is rich and is a power to sell weapons maybe umm, remove the Petrolia and minerals from third World countries
wars lead his people into believing that they do to establish democracies but the truth is that we must be very stupid to not understand what interest there is behind all this Analyze yours.

By: dregstudios on 11/11/11 at 1:49

This is just Billy Boy's way of doing damage control since he violated the Constitutional Rights of protesters. Not only has our Governor had these folks arrested but has pushed his agenda of suppressing Freedom of Speech of Tennesseans throughout his brief tenure in office from shooting down Nashville's anti-discrimination laws to creating the bill banning the use of the word "gay" in public schools. He's railroading civil liberties to the extent of making it illegal to upload a "potentially offensive image" to the internet this year. I addressed our Governor's antics with a visual commentary of him and his wife on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/07/potentially-offensive-portrait-governor.html Drop by and let me know how you feel about our rights being infringed upon.

By: Left-of-Local on 11/11/11 at 2:08

The governor is a jackass.

He also broke the law of the land. This is just the next stage of his very public hanging on the subject.


By: budlight on 11/14/11 at 9:41

Left of Local you have made a political blunder. It is not politically correct to refer to hanging people, even if they are white. Stop that.

Also, Occupy Oakland has had a murder now. Can we stop the nonsense? A murder? And another murder at another camp. And a suicide. Can we just stop the camping out - illegally?

There is a homeless guy camping out on my friend's property. My friend asked the guy "politely" to get off his property. The guy said "I have something for you inside my tent if you come to move me". So now, tell me. The homeless guy pays NO taxes; no rent, no nothing. Should my friend say "oh gee, I'll let him camp out and crap all over my property" or should the homeowner file charges and have him removed. The guy is using the bathroom all over the place and polluting the environment - just like Occupy people are doing.

So as I said, they need to get a real job and stop polluting the environment with their trash and human waste.

AND that's my story and I'm sticking to it Yucchhii. AT least when I protest, I don't cause others harm. I write letters.

By: Nitzche on 11/14/11 at 10:35

yuccchhiii, so sad...hearing the ole voices again?

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