No arrests, 30 spend night on Legislative Plaza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Several people, including college students, are breaking camp in front of the state Capitol after spending the night there in defiance of a new state law.

WSMV-TV reported about 30 people brought sleeping bags to Legislative Plaza and spent the night, saying the new statute criminalizes homelessness.

Protester Jeremiah Carter said the law perpetuates a system in which homeless people are constantly going through the judicial system.

A sign posted at the protest read "sleeping is not a crime."

Despite the statute, police made no arrests.

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