KSTP news director Lindsay Radford confirms photojournalist Chad Nelson made the decision to press charges. Nelson claims he was shoved by a Minneapolis police officer when he was covering the OccupyMN protest in downtown Saturday night.
Police were arresting OccupyMN protesters when an officer shoved a KSTP news cameraman, knocking the camera off his shoulder. A bystander captured the incident on video. The station's management team wants to know why a member of the press was prevented from doing his job, and the news director has requested a meeting with Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan.
The Star Tribune reports the occupiers were taken into custody for violating a public nuisance ordinance. Occupy movement activists started marching through busy streets and blocking traffic after police ordered them to take down their tents in a downtown plaza Saturday evening.
Police are preparing for demonstrators to pitch tents Saturday in Peavey Plaza and nearby Loring Park. The Star Tribune reports no one can stay in the park overnight and that ordinance will be enforced.
After a winter hiatus, organizers of the local Occupy movement are preparing to start up again in downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports officials are gearing up for a rally and march on Saturday. There are hints of more events on April 7.
A U.S. District Court mediated a settlement between Occupy Minneapolis protesters and Hennepin County officials regarding a suit that challenged county rules governing protesters in public places. As part of the settlement, items confiscated by police and stored by the county will be returned to protesters.
Hennepin County authorities moved in on a group of OccupyMN protesters early Thursday morning at the Hennepin County Government Center, MPR reported. Protesters had set up tents in the southwest corner of the plaza in defiance of a county rule against structures on the property.
The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing Hennepin County officials of issuing a rash of trespass notices to force OccupyMN protesters off Government Plaza. The county denies that claim and says it has only handed out trespass notices to some individuals because of misconduct.