Troopers confiscate Occupy Nashville tents, but no arrests

Monday, March 12, 2012 at 9:23am
By Steven Hale

The last remnants of the Occupy Nashville encampment are now gone after state troopers removed three tents and a table from War Memorial Plaza early Monday morning.

Although protesters were present at the time of the action by officers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, no arrests were made and no citations issued.

The troopers were enforcing a new law that makes it illegal to camp on the plaza. After signing the legislation just over a week ago, Gov. Bill Haslam issued a warning to the protesters, giving them one week to clear the plaza.

In a statement issued Monday morning, Occupy Nashville claimed that Chris Humphrey — the lone member who had remained on the plaza in a tent for three days after the deadline — was dragged out of his tent. They also declared their intent to maintain a constant presence on the plaza, as the new law only prohibits camping on the grounds.

Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals told The City Paper that 15 troopers were involved and that the seized property could be claimed by its owners from the Deparment of General Services later today. With the area now clear, she said, General Services employees were scheduled to pressure wash the plaza this morning.

12 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 3/12/12 at 7:36

Thanks Governor, Just another freedom gone.

By: JohnGalt on 3/12/12 at 7:50

If you want to camp out on state property, swindle, find a legal campground and pay the fee. It's just that simple.

Last Friday the final squatter admitted that before he took up residence on War Memorial Plaza he had no permanent address and sold the homeless newspaper for income. The "movement" fit his needs perfectly by providing him a free place to squat for five months.

By: nash615 on 3/12/12 at 8:21

Cool, now that corporate money is out of politics and corporate dollars are no longer lining the pockets of our legislators we can get back to living a wonderful life in our awesome country that provides equality, liberty, and opportunity for everyone.


By: pswindle on 3/12/12 at 10:16

This goes beyond just being squatters. This is not about one homeless man, this is about the Constitution which this Legislative has stomped all over.

By: JohnGalt on 3/12/12 at 11:14

Please cite the exact part of the constitution that extends free speech to the right to occupy and live on property owned and maintained by the public. These squatters may stand around holding signs and picking their noses or other parts of their bodies all they want. What they don't have is the right to live there.

By: JeffF on 3/12/12 at 2:33

Time to "Occupy Henry Horton State Park" if you want to camp on state property.

By: govskeptic on 3/13/12 at 4:25

I'm afraid many people that think like pswindle are carrying around a bootlegged
copy of the Constitution revised by some sinister group affiliated with some
"ism" plan for this country. They apparently sneaked one onto AG Holder's desk
as well!

By: peanut11 on 3/14/12 at 5:17

The Occupied movement is still on? It seems like it became a new name for gathering of homeless people

Good articles on

By: yucchhii on 3/15/12 at 11:40

yucchhii To John Galt: too bad you don't know the REAL story behind this!!! You just like a lot of these clowns out there want to make it look like you know all. You would never keep compitition with my ex wife who thought she knew it all too. Too bad you didn't know that MOST of the people who caused trouble were homeless bums! They overshadowed the efforts made by the ACTUAL protestors! There are homeless people and then there are homeless "BUMS". There were SOME homeless people who actually did protest with the occupyers while there were a BUNCH of BUMS hanging out causeing trouble, drinking, doing their drugs and being loud. They were ones you heard in the news that "CLAIMED" to be with the occupyers. They were just USING the occupyers for a free camp and food and whatever else they could get. When the state troopers came to make their arrests the FIRST time, those bums learned of pending trouble with that and made like a bullet out of a gun and were GONE! I know, I visited with some of the protestors and saw FIRST hand what those clowns were doing!!! And for the politicians who passed the law regarding camping...THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE!!! Otherwise, they could careless how long the occupyers were there!!! Same goes for Haslam!!!

By: yucchhii on 3/15/12 at 11:42

yucchhii To Pswindle: Thank you very much for your comment!!! You are on the money...(Pardon the pun)!!!

By: yucchhii on 3/15/12 at 11:47

yucchhii To John Galt: You are CLEARLY a 100% USDA PRIME CHOICE IDIOT!!! To bad your only concerned with what "YOU" think and not enought to research your question yourself!!! The constitution says we have the right to assemble!!! That is also to EXPRESS OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!! This was CLEARLY a VIOLATION of OUR rights from the constitution. This is now a case that needs to go before the supreme court!!!! John, the people who organized this massive protest could make YOU look like the biggest FOOL that ever roamed the earth!!!

By: yucchhii on 3/15/12 at 11:54

yucchhii To Peanut 11: Many of the homeless people were affected because of the reasons why the OCCUPYERS are protesting. There were very few HOMELESS that actually were a part of the movement! The others that were there were BUMS! Bums that "CLAIMED" to be a part of the movement and were USING the protestors for whatever free stuff they could get!! They were the excuses the politicians were using to get that law passed!! They knew who the protestors were and who wasn't!! But, as we all know how HONEST POLITICIANS are, they took advantage of the bums to get what THEY wanted!! If you have something serious to hide, you'd be trying to block whatever you could too to prevent the TRUTH from comming out in the wash...wouldn't you!!! You CAN'T tell me otherwise!!!