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.


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