State Releases Names Of Arrested Protesters
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NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security early Friday morning enforced a revised state policy that makes the Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and Capitol grounds areas closed to the public from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. daily. The revised policy also states there shall be no overnight occupancy of the state properties. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, which provides security for Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and the Capitol grounds, asked Occupy Nashville protestors to leave the Legislative Plaza at 3:10 a.m. Approximately two dozen protestors left the plaza without incident. Troopers arrested 29 protestors who refused to leave.

The protestors were transported to the Davidson County Jail where troopers issued them misdemeanor citations for criminal trespassing (a class C misdemeanor). The protestors were released shortly before 9 a.m. A court date has been set in Davidson County General Sessions Court for November 18.

A total of 75 state troopers were involved in the curfew enforcement. 

"The Department of Safety and Homeland Security took the appropriate action to support the state's revised policy that the Legislative Plaza is not to be used at night without specific authorization. The policy was revised for security reasons, and the protestors were aware of the policy.  The process was handled by state troopers in a professional manner and without incident.  It is our responsibility to keep the protestors safe on state property, along with citizens who work, live and enjoy downtown.  We all must work together to ensure a safe environment," Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security enforced the curfew policy at the least disruptive time to citizens who visit, work, and live in downtown Nashville.

Names of Protesters Arrested on October 28, 2011

Connie L. Smith, 30, Murfreesboro, TN

Shauna C. Pluskota, 25, Nashville, TN

Elizabeth L. Drake, 22, Memphis, TN

Mark A. Vanzant, 22, Murfreesboro, TN

Darria J. Hudson, 23, Nashville, TN

Stoyocho M. Velkovsky, 21, Nashville, TN

Michael P. Custer, 47, Nashville, TN

James R. Bradley, 39, Nashville, TN

Michael Anger, 30, Lexington, KY

Jeremiah M. Carter, 19, Bellevue, TN

Tristan P. Call, 25, Nashville, TN

Corey B. Amons, 23, Cottontown, TN

Eric C. Painter, 44, Smyrna, TN

Michael T. Weber, 35, Fayetteville, TN

Lindsey G. Krinks, 26, Nashville, TN

Alexander Pusateri, 20, Memphis, TN

Megan L. Riggs, 25, Nashville, TN

Eva N. Watler, 34, Pegram, TN

William R. White, 21, Mt. Juliet, TN

Adam K. Knight, 27, Smyrna, TN

Robert J. Stowater, 27, Memphis, TN

Christopher L. Humphrey, 24, Nashville, TN

John H. Allen, 36, Nashville, TN

Jeremy L. Scott, 27, Hermitage, TN

Lawren M. Plummer, 24, Nashville, TN

Scott P. Akers, 42, Madison, TN

Paula E. Painter, 55, Cumberland City, TN

Alesandra T. Bellos, 33, Nashville, TN

William W. Howell, 64, Nashville, TN

Members Opinions:
October 28, 2011 at 3:59pm
What happened to our right to freedom of speech?
October 28, 2011 at 4:13pm
@ Denver01, nothing, Just go some place legal. Can I come to your house after midnight and exercise my freedom of speech?
October 28, 2011 at 7:23pm
It was on public property Ralph. A bureaucrat's 'revised state policy' is yet another example of the creeping police state that threatens all of our free speech, including yours.
October 28, 2011 at 9:22pm
You said nothing happened to our freedom of free speech, why then is a permit require for a protest? Why is our state government just now enforcing this new revised policy? Yes something had happened to our freedom of free speech, agree with me or not this is my opinion. And yes if you want to exercise your freedom of speech outside of my after midnight that is fine by me because is street is public property just like Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and Capitol grounds are.
October 29, 2011 at 6:44am
1st Amendment rights trampled on by "revised policy."

Freedom of Assembly on public property is and has been one of our most cherished freedoms and it was added to the Bill of Rights for a purpose.

When a state or government limits those freedoms we are no longer a democratic republic but a police state.
October 29, 2011 at 6:50am
Other than protesting just to protest, does anyone know what the cause these people are fighting against?

I honestly have no idea what protesting against "Corporate Greed" means, nor do I have any idea what any of the protestors hope to accomplish by all of this.

As far as the right of freedom to speech is concerned, I agree. If it is a public street or an area that is paid for by our tax dollars then anyone should be allowed to protest without fear of being arrested as long as they are not intruding on the rights of someone else.

I believe in the right to protest, but I don't belive in the right to let the protest infringe on the rights of someone's ability to bury a fallen soldier for example.

I don't think this was a case like that at all, but at some point there has to be line drawn in the sand to choose between protesting and trampling on the rights of people who simply want to live thier life and bury their family.

At the end of the day, I say let those guys protest. Eventually people will get tired of living in the streets in a pup tent. Winter is coming and it will all soon go away!
October 29, 2011 at 7:16am
I am feeling a need to protest myself. Don't have any specific objective in mind for my protest, but what the heck. Think I'll form an "Occupy Woodbury" group and invite all my rowdy friends to join me while I camp out and demonstrate around the Cannon County Courthouse. We'll just stay there as long as we want, throw our trash around, have parties, shout at passers-by on Main St., use the restroom facilities of surrounding businesses, and so on. Really doesn't matter because we're the public and it's "public" property. We'll just "chill" there until we get what we want, whatever that may be. Or maybe we'll just stay forever.
October 29, 2011 at 9:07am
Corporate greed is so easy to combat that it's almost stupid. Just take your business elsewhere. It can be done. People have a choice. This is free country.
October 30, 2011 at 6:39am
Chief Justice Roberts commented "protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.”

9 to 1 decision dosesn't leave much doubt.

Even though we all found these protests to be most odious and distasteful and some, left to their own devices, would run the protesters out of town, but in doing so we would run a greater risk of "stifling" a basic right we must have in this nation to remain free.
October 30, 2011 at 4:05pm
Careful there MMW you are quoting and agreeing with a Chief Justice appointed by a Republican President George W. Bush and a court that is 5 to 4 conservative in the majority of its decisions.

I am not sure if you are aware, but most liberals don't agree with those decisions and certainly don't quote them.

Are you coming over to the dark side?
October 31, 2011 at 6:27am
Corey, the dissenting vote came from a Republican appointee if I recall correctly.

October 31, 2011 at 9:04am
LOL of course it did. However, I would prefer if you would not "recall" and do a little research if you are going to say it was that way and quote your sources.

That one vote really doesn't matter if the vote was 5 to 4 from a "conservative" majority.

It proves once again that despite what the liberal media, liberal pundits and liberal bloggers like yourself would have us believe, not all Republicans or conservatives want to take away all your rights.
October 31, 2011 at 9:24am
Seems to me with the only dissenting vote coming from a Republican appointee it would lead you to believe that if any one party had a tendency to oppose freedoms like speech/assembly (or perhaps voting rights) it would be a Republican and not a Democrat.
That of course comes from a liberal, no recall used and little if any research needed. So you probably will discount the source and the message.
October 31, 2011 at 2:47pm
When you post fact and not opinion we can talk about it more. I like the idea of you quoting your sources because honestly I don't think people like yourself are objective and completely trustworthy on your statements.

And personally, I don't subscribe to the idea that because one person votes a certain way or says a certain thing that everyone else should be labeled like you have a habit of doing.

Using your mentality and thought process all Democrats are liberals, all Democrats have their hand stuck out wanting the government to give them everything, all Democrats want to live on welfare and food stamps and none of them have a photo ID and plan on voting “often” to commit voter fraud next year.

I don't believe none of that to be true, but if I were like you and had that frame of mind I guess I would be trying to convince intelligent people a lie also.

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