Gov. Bill Haslam will ask the district attorney on Monday to dismiss charges against anyone arrested in relation to the Occupy Nashville protesters, according to Haslam’s office.
In all, 55 arrests were made over the course of two nights, each accompanied by a criminal trespassing citation. Additionally, two citations were issued for public intoxication and one for criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer.
At an Oct. 31 hearing, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a temporary restraining order, which stopped the state’s enforcement of a curfew on the grounds surrounding the Capitol.
Haslam spokesman David Smith said Thursday that the state was “beginning the process of establishing rules for use of the area by all citizens.” He cited the restraining order as the reason for the state’s request that the charges be dropped.
Smith also said that the state expects the restraining order to be extended but that, as allowed for in the order, they will continue to enforce “existing laws designed to preserve public safety and health.”