MN's first Occupy arrest results in settlement: $15K payout

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    City Pages: Melissa Hill settles lawsuit against Sheriff Richard Stanek for $15,000

  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member


    (Unfortunately, the penalty, as always, will come out of taxpayer funds -- or insurance funds, same thing -- instead of out of this guy's pocket.)
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Which is why police and other government actors should be personally liable for their actions.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    She was chalking sidewalks, which I believe was recently ruled legal somewhere, haven't had time to search for it yet. It's not really destructive since it just washes away the next time it rains.

  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Kids in my neighborhood chalk the sidewalks almost every day. I'm talking little kids. They draw pictures and hopscotch boards. Guess they're criminals. They might even be Scary Terrorists! :rolleyes:
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Melissa Hill had a run-in a few months earlier with none other than Homeland Security over sidewalk chalking in Minneapolis ...

    Demand Progress Blog: Sidewalk Chalk Doesn’t Belong on Sidewalks, Minnesota

  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    More on this earlier incident here, with a photo of the chalked sidewalk ...

    Minnesota Progressive Project: Political Free Speech Gets Handcuffs

    Grace Kelly's blog post includes photos of Melissa Hill's arms after an hour in handcuffs -- for chalking "Don't Enlist, Resist" on a public sidewalk not the property of the Federal Governement.

    Homeland Security is a cancer on our society.
  8. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Unbelievable. Handcuffing someone for writing in chalk.

    But love this:
    Poetic justice, anyone?

    As for the red marks on her wrists, some cops delight in cuffing you so tight they even cut off circulation.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The posts suggest this was just a mall cop working for DHS, not a law enforcement officer.

    Hope she has a lawsuit going for that one as well.

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