Arrested, Jailed Zombies Get $165K From Minneapolis
Group was protesting consumerism
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2010 8:54 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Minneapolis learned a lesson today: Don’t mess with zombies. Police arrested seven friends dressed as the living dead in 2006, after noticing they were carrying bags with wires sticking out that apparently looked like a bomb. It turned out to be sound equipment, and the group was never charged, but they were nonetheless jailed for two days, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The city decided to settle a lawsuit filed by the group, and will pay them and their attorney $165,000.

The seven friends were walking the streets in traditional zombie style, with white face powder, fake blood, and dark eye makeup. They were carrying sound equipment—which police called simulated weapons of mass destruction—to amplify their iPod music. The group says it was protesting "mindless" consumerism and the belief that people purchase things “as a replacement for real interaction," says one. Police detained them after finding out none were carrying identification.

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Sep 24, 2010 7:32 AM CDT
Zombies with no ID?!?!? OMgoodness
Aug 25, 2010 4:48 PM CDT
What's a penny made of? Copper. What's a dirty penny made of? Dirty Copper.
Aug 25, 2010 8:40 AM CDT
Folks, we are missing something really important to all of us in this story. Cops don't think the constitution relates to real life and when they do something like this the wronged persons seek relief in the courts. It's nice to see they are given an amount that represents the suffering they endured but the local town doesn't print that money. It has to come from somewhere. Most have insurance to cover these situations, but insurance companies don't lose money, on anything, so they hike their rates to this town. In the end you and I pay these sums. It's a guost tax we must pay. It's hidden and out of site disguised as operating expenses. What it boils down to is we must hold the highest authorities in the city accountable for these actions. We must demand that these problems are not reoccuring. We need an example to let them know the is not tolerated. If they don't feel the heat this will happen over and over again and this story will no end.