ACLU sues Hennepin County over Occupy Minnesota rules

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Nov 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing Hennepin County on behalf of Occupy Minnesota - saying new rules are restricting protesters' rights.

Protesters have been occupying the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza since Oct. 7.

But on Nov. 14, rules went into effect saying protesters could no longer tape signs on county property or sleep on the grounds.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, the plaintiffs want rules restricting the use of electricity and tents declared unconstitutional, and they want an injunction to keep them from being enforced.

Plaintiffs' attorney Justin Perl says the rules are troubling because they were created specifically for the protest - and the government can't make up rules targeting a specific group.

A county spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone message.

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