Nashville protestors issued misdemeanor citations

Nashville protestors issued misdemeanor citations

October 28th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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)

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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.