MN Lawmaker Wants Protesters to Pay for Participating in Unlawful Assemblies

Photo: Stephen Mature/Getty/nydailynews.com

Photo: Stephen Mature/Getty/nydailynews.com

Minnesota state representative Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) wants those convicted of engaging in an unlawful assembly to be responsible for paying the police costs associated to their protests.

Zerwas cited the mass protests and disruptions at the Mall of America as a predicate for the introduction of his bill.

"There's a line between saying 'I'm advocating for this' to saying 'I'm shutting down this freeway,'" said Zerwas in an interview with a local television station.

Zerwas noted that protests in the wake of the controversial Jamar Clark shooting required 24 police agencies to respond, the cost of which fell on taxpayer shoulders. Zerwas believes that his bill will save taxpayer money.

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