NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam says a curfew and the arrests of dozens of Occupy Nashville protesters was an attempt to make the grounds around the state Capitol safe.
The Republican governor spoke with reporters today, a day after state officials agreed to stop enforcing the curfew.
The protesters went to federal court on Monday seeking a temporary restraining order against Haslam, arguing the curfew and arrests violated their rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.
State Attorney General’s Office Senior Counsel Bill Marett announced at the beginning of the hearing that the state would not fight efforts to halt the policy.
Haslam said today that the non-action was not an admittance of a mistake, but simply an agreement to a temporary restraining order.