Charges were dropped against all 16 of the homeless advocates who were arrested on Tuesday night. From the Tennessean’s article:
Metro General Sessions Judge John Aaron Holt dismissed criminal trespassing cases against 16 people who were arrested before dawn Wednesday as they tried to spend the night at the downtown facility near James Robertson Parkway and Second Avenue North.
In dismissing the charges, Holt said only that there was no basis for the arrests, according to Nashville lawyer Patrick Frogge, who represented many of the homeless advocates.
“That is the most public arena in Nashville,” Frogge said of the courthouse. “If one wants to lodge a complaint against the government, there is no more public place in Nashville than that.”
The cops, however, apparently disagree:
“It is a park, and if you are there after 11 you are going to be arrested,” Metro police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said.
The NHPP will be regrouping tomorrow (Friday) morning in the public square at 6:30AM:
Public Expression of our First Amendment Rights in our fight for housing.
We will be gathering on Friday morning between 6:30am – 7:00am and continue to THANK THE MAYOR and let him know WE NEED 200 Units. Please bring your friends and family before you head to work. We are eager to hear his words about how he wants our city to spend our 1 Billion plus per year budget.