State troopers clear remaining Occupy Nashville tent - WKRN News 2

State troopers clear remaining Occupy Nashville tent

Posted: Updated: March 12, 2012 08:00 AM CDT

The lone tent at the Occupy Nashville encampment was removed by Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers early Monday morning.

Near 30 THP officers entered the encampment at Legislative Plaza around 3:50 a.m.

The final occupier, Christopher Humphrey, was dragged out of his tent by troopers, ending one of the longest standing 24/7 Occupy camps in the United States.

Humphrey was not arrested and planned to set up another tent later Monday evening.

According to a press release, protest materials were initially seized by state officials but after a discussion with a legal team and occupiers, troopers agreed to return some of the property.

Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill aimed to evict occupy campers on March 2, making it illegal for anyone to camp on state-owned land not designated for that purpose.

Occupiers had a seven-day warning to leave the encampment before law went into effect Thursday, March 9, at 12 a.m., Midnight.

Violators of the new law, known as the Equal Access to Public Property Act, face a fine of up to $2,500 fine and one year in prison.

The new law does not prevent occupiers from protesting on the public land.

Occupy Nashville protesters announced plans to remain on the plaza with an information booth in efforts to continue their protest.

The press release stated general assemblies will continue to be held at the plaza on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.

After the tent was removed, city crews were seen using pressure washers to clean up the plaza.

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  • March 2, 2012: Occupy Nashville bill becomes law
  • Feb. 27, 2012: Occupy Nashville bill headed to governor
  • Feb. 27, 2012: Bill targeting Occupy Nashville will hit homeless
  • Feb. 23, 2012: 'Occupy Nashville' bill passes Senate 20-10
  • Feb. 16, 2012: Anti-Occupy Nashville bill passes House
  • Feb. 15, 2012: Lawmakers may ban protesters from camping at plaza
  • Feb. 14, 2012: Occupy protesters announce plans to move encampment
  • Feb. 12, 2012: Occupy Nashville protesters consider withdrawing
  • Feb. 7, 2012: House sends anti-Occupy bill to full floor vote
  • Jan. 30, 2012: Bill would ban public camping, force Occupy tent removal
  • Dec. 30, 2011: Man charged with setting tent at Occupy camp ablaze
  • Dec. 25, 2011: Protesters occupy Tenn. plaza on Christmas Day
  • Dec. 4, 2011: Police arrest 13 protesters associated with Occupy Nashville
  • Nov. 20, 2011: Protesters prepare for indefinite stay on plaza
  • Nov. 14, 2011: Citations issued to Occupy Nashville protesters dismissed
  • Nov. 10, 2011: Governor seeks to drop Occupy Nashville charges
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  • Oct. 31, 2011: Tenn. agrees to stop arresting Occupy protesters
  • Oct. 30, 2011: Occupy Nashville protesters expect arrests
  • Oct. 29, 2011: Judge dismisses Occupy Nashville warrants
  • Oct. 28, 2011: Arrested Occupy protesters issued citations, released
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