Occupy protester not arrested during enforcement

A lone protester maintaining his vigil at the Occupy Nashville camp near the Capitol was not arrested early Monday morning when Tennessee state troopers arrived to enforce a new state law meant to evict the protesters.

FILE -- State Police arrest Occupy Nashville protestors early Friday morning Oct. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/JOHN PARTIPILO\ - THE TENNESSEAN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A lone protester maintaining his vigil at the Occupy Nashville camp near the Capitol was not arrested early Monday morning when Tennessee state troopers arrived to enforce a new state law meant to evict the protesters.

Instead, 24-year-old Christopher Humphrey said he was asked to come out of his tent on the War Memorial Plaza. When he did, he said the troopers proceeded to remove his tent, as well as one nearby from the plaza.

State workers then begin pressure washing the plaza.

Humphrey and other protesters there to support him say they plan to continue contesting the law that prohibits camping on state property that is not specifically designated for it.

Violators can face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500 or both.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

  • by Gaines Location: Knoxville on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:12 AM
    Yea, Cleaning up the street by not allowing people to camp on property not designed for camping sounds like a terrible idea to me too.
  • by Brandt Location: Clarksville on Mar 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    Not only has our Governor Bill Haslam had these protestors arrested multiple times already but has pushed his agenda of suppressing the Constitutional Rights of Tennesseans throughout his brief tenure in office from shooting down Nashville's anti-discrimination laws to creating the bill banning the use of the word "gay" in public schools. He's railroading civil liberties to the extent of making it illegal to upload a "potentially offensive image" to the internet this year. I addressed our Governor's antics with a visual commentary of him and his wife on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/07/potentially-offensive-portrait-governor.html Drop by and let me know how you feel about our rights being infringed upon.

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2015 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 142299655 - local8now.com/a?a=142299655
Gray Television, Inc.