Minneapolis Civil Rights Lawsuit: Settlement Awards 7 Zombies $165,000

08/23/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Minneapolis, MN– Seven zombies and their attorney will be paid $165,000 under a settlement they have reach with the Minneapolis city attorney’s office. The settlement was reached on Friday, August 20, 2010 by the City Council, as reported by the Star Tribune.

Seven people dressed as zombies, complete with heavy white makeup, fake blood on their faces and dark makeup around their eyes, were arrested in downtown Minneapolis on July 22, 2006. The zombies were reportedly protesting “mindless” consumerism.

The protesting zombies were allegedly walking in a stiff, lurching motion, while carrying four bags of sound equipment that was projecting music from an iPod. Police officers apparently asked the zombies to turn down their music and stay away from bystanders. Officers also asked for their identification, and when majority of the protesters failed to show a form of identification, they were arrested at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 6th Street N.

Police officers claimed that the sound equipment that the protesters were carrying simulated “weapons of mass destruction.”

Even though the protesters were arrested and held in jail for two days, they were never charged for a crime. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded, “Police lacked probable cause to arrest the seven protesters.”

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