Judge dismisses Occupy Mpls suit amid settlement

Published 7:31 am Sunday, December 25, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — A lawsuit filed by Occupy Minneapolis protesters who claimed they were unfairly kicked off a plaza in Hennepin County has been dismissed, and a settlement has been reached.

A draft of the settlement posted on the Occupy Minnesota website states the county must dismiss trespass notices and return seized property.

Protesters also are not allowed to sleep on the plaza.

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Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat says since the protests began in October, the county has struck a balance between the rights of citizens and its responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Opat says the county’s policies will be enforced.

Occupy Minneapolis is circulating a petition to have its name stripped from the lawsuit retroactively, saying it wasn’t involved in the settlement.