State Troopers Arrest Nashville Occupiers—Again

Judge throws out warrants for a second time
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2011 3:01 PM CDT
Occupy Nashville protestors who were arrested overnight at Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville, hold up their citations after they were released from jail Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Nashville.   (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo)
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(Newser) – Repeating their effort from the night before, Tennessee state troopers collared more than two dozen Occupy protesters in Nashville last night—and a Nashville judge tossed the warrants for the second straight time. Magistrate Tom Nelson said today he could "find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew" at an Occupy camp near the Capitol building, the Tennesseean reports.

Many of the 29 protesters nabbed in the first arrests returned for last night's protest—and saw troops get more physical. "Last night was messier than the first night as far as bodily harm went," one protester said today. A disabled veteran in a wheelchair was injured during the fracas and taken to a hospital; protesters say they're expecting him back today. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam instituted a 10pm curfew at the Capitol, citing worsening security and sanitary conditions, and lewd acts reportedly witnessed by state office workers.

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