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Court Rules "Zombies" Have Free Speech Rights

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the we're-not-unreasonable-I-mean-no-one's-gonna-eat-your-eyes dept.

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An appeals court in Minneapolis, Minnesota has overturned a lower court ruling, finding that a group of seven "zombies" had been wrongfully detained during a 2006 shopping mall protest. The decision allows the zombies to continue with their lawsuit against police who arrested them for disorderly conduct. "An objectively reasonable person would not think probable cause exists under the Minnesota disorderly conduct statue to arrest a group of peaceful people for engaging in an artistic protest by playing music, broadcasting statements (and) dressing as zombies," the appeals court ruled.

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Peace through Violence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31288476)

Instead of arresting them, the police should have shot them in the head. That's the only effective means of dealing with them.

Re:Peace through Violence (1)

VanGarrett (1269030) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294812)

Don't forget to double-tap.

Disappointing. (1)

dsavi (1540343) | more than 4 years ago | (#31289518)

I was hoping for a story about how they were actually trying to get a horde of living dead to shut up.

What about the mall's rights? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31289522)

Under the law, the shopping mall management has the right to bar anybody they want to from being on their property. If they refuse to leave, they can then be arrested for trespass. If the protesters were in fact on public property, then the article is correct -- the police should have left them alone.

Re:What about the mall's rights? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31290466)

Under the law, the shopping mall management has the right to bar anybody they want to from being on their property. If they refuse to leave, they can then be arrested for trespass.

But that's not what happened. They were arrested for "disorderly conduct" because they were dressed as zombies.

Re:What about the mall's rights? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292376)

I suspect they would not have been arrested if the mall management had not complained and called the cops. It's not like gangs of cops routinely patrol shopping malls looking for the undead... of course, it is possible that the zombies' mistake was strolling past a donut shop in the mall. Mall security should have ask the protesters to leave, and should only have called the cops if they refused to comply. I don't know all the facts, so I can only speculate on what should have happened, not what actually happened. I'm willing to bet that now that the mall knows these individuals identities, they have issued trespass notices for them. "Disturbing the peace" is just a catch all that cops use when they are too lazy to actually research a proper charge. Carrying a boom-box might justify that charge, but only if they apply it equally to anyone carrying a boom-box in the mall. To be fair, they would probably need to arrest people with obnoxious phone ring tones as well!

Poor zombies (1)

Yosho-sama (800703) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293752)

They were only trying to locate those thieving bastards who were holed up in the mall riding out the zombie apocalypse.

free speech? (1)

vaporland (713337) | more than 4 years ago | (#31301932)

all they can do is moan and stumble (and bite).

Good to know (1)

R3coiler (1740032) | more than 4 years ago | (#31303860)

It feels good to know that the court upholds my right to drawl "BRAAAAAIIINNNNSSSSSSSSS"

You forgot Bub (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31307646)

He can say aunt Alica.

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