'Occupy' protesters sue state over 'new rules' that ousted them

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:52pm

Even though it’s been nearly a year since they’ve been removed from Legislative Plaza, the Occupy Nashville protesters are not going away quietly.

More than a dozen Occupy Nashville protesters, including 13 that were arrested, filed a lawsuit against the state in the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.

The lawsuit names Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of General Services Commissioner Steven Cates, Department of Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons and the Tennessee Highway Patrol officers who carried out the dispersion of protesters on War Memorial Plaza last year.

Occupy Nashville took up camp on the plaza on Oct. 6, 2011, building off the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

The lawsuit specifically takes aim at a set of new rules that were enforced to oust the protesters from the plaza. The protesters are requesting a federal judge to permanently prohibit the enforcement of the new rules.

“These New Rules unconstitutionally limit access by the public to a forum universally accepted to be an area protected for the speech of the governed,” the lawsuit said.

The suit also claims the defendants are guilty of First Amendment violations, due process violations, unlawful search and seizure and unlawful arrest.

The Occupy Nashville organization filed a similar lawsuit, including a preliminary injunction, against the state last year. Federal Judge Aleta Trauger ordered the state to halt arrests of protesters.

The protesters listed as plaintiffs are: Lindsey Krinks, Megan Riggs, Tristan Call, Jeremiah Carter, Autumn Dennis, Taylor Stevens, Michael Weber, Michael Custer, Christopher Humphrey, Michelle Muldoon, Connie Smith, Elizabeth Sharp, Karl Bolton and Dorsey Malina.

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14 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 10/24/12 at 8:51

Could this have any connection to the "real"frank brown?

By: govskeptic on 10/25/12 at 4:29

Is this an advance action for permission of Round 2 protest over the
defeat of their guy Barack Obama during the upcoming winter? Don't
be surprised if Judge Haynes isn't assigned this case.

By: willtw on 10/25/12 at 7:35

By their past actions, they should be banned from this town. The Occupy Movement is actually a bowel movement of leftists and morons from the left, approved and supported by NoBama!

By: Zoombah on 10/25/12 at 8:01

Good grief, give it up already!!

By: Jughead on 10/25/12 at 8:02

These morons will never stop. And, they will never bathe or work. They will just file lawsuits and be pests. Thanks, George Soros and B. Hussein Obama!

By: budlight on 10/25/12 at 8:06

Anythng for a buck! Oh except work! They ARE THE 47%! They could get a job in a call center and talk all day; that's freedom of speech and they get paid to talk. Oh, sorry! I forgot; companies have rules and these people are rules-less and ruth-less!

By: Specter47 on 10/25/12 at 9:34

Occupy THIS...

By: jonw on 10/25/12 at 10:28

Which leftest freak is their attorney?

By: Jughead on 10/25/12 at 3:22

@yucchhii: Where are you employed? (crickets)

By: Jughead on 10/25/12 at 3:26

A lone supporter of the Occupytards. A bit less than the 99% that Obama, George Soros, and Nancy Pelosi claim. More like the 5% of the population that b=never works, bathes, or pays rent to their parents.

By: Rasputin72 on 10/25/12 at 9:07

I have very little respect for the moral culture of WallStreet. I however consider the core supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement as the dung of this country.

By: 4gold on 10/26/12 at 6:18

These losers have no more case here than idea of what their pupose was in the first place. However I don't see what connetion Obama has to do with anything. Redneck Tennessee's rush back to GW Bush plan is hard to understand. Wasn't eight years of stupid, two wars, nation building enough for you idiots? Where were the budget minded Republicans while GW spent Clintons surplus and left the ecomomy in free fall? At least Obama stablized things into a slow recovery.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: cityjvtao on 10/26/12 at 10:07

After reading the lawsuit one thing becomes obvious, the plaintiffs are way more educated than the 99% of you who troll this site.

By: Badbob on 10/27/12 at 8:08

Hear, hear cityjvtao!