Occupy Nashville sues over new plaza rules

9:04 am | October 29, 2012

NASHVILLE (AP) — Members of Occupy Nashville have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging new rules governing the use of the War Memorial Plaza next to the capitol.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/VMQfpy) Occupy members are asking a federal judge to block enforcement of the rules that include a prohibition on camping at the plaza.

Occupy protesters who had camped out there were arrested last October. A federal court found the hastily drawn rules that prompted the arrests violated the protesters’ First Amendment rights. Legislators then passed a law banning camping on all state property, including the plaza.

The Wednesday lawsuit names Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials as defendants.

Occupy Nashville members have a separate suit pending in federal court related to the October 2011 arrests.

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