Occupy Nashville protesters and the ACLU of Tennessee are asking a federal court judge to halt arrests on Legislative Plaza, saying the new curfew rules enforced over the weekend are “invalid and unenforceable.”
Protesters were arrested early Friday and Saturday mornings by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for violating the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on Legislative Plaza, making 55 arrests.
One of those arrested was a journalist, Jonathan Meader, who was reporting for the Nashville Scene early Saturday morning.
A Metro Nashville night court judge refused to sign warrants for the arrests both nights.
Since then, troopers have made no further arrests on the plaza, although a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Safety says the state still has the authority to enforce the current curfew.
A federal court Judge Aleta Trauger will hear the request for an injunction at 3:30 p.m. Monday.