41 people were arrested last night in Minneapolis and charged with public nuisance and unlawful assembly. The people were either given bail at $78 and the others without bail will be appearing in court today. As Keller Law Offices previously blogged on, there were approximately 100 arrests in St. Paul over the weekend for protesters blocking highway I-94 and 47 of them were charged with 3rd degree Riot. Last night protesters blocked off highway I-35W during rush hour in Minneapolis going southbound. Four cars were used to block the highway were also impounded. Protesters began at 7:45 a.m. and sat and lay down on the highway. Arrests were made and a bus was used to transport the protestors.
Public Nuisance in Minnesota
In Minnesota, the public nuisance statute holds that:
Whoever by an act or failure to perform a legal duty intentionally does any of the following is guilty of maintaining a public nuisance, which is a misdemeanor:
(1) maintains or permits a condition which unreasonably annoys, injures or endangers the safety, health, morals, comfort, or repose of any considerable number of members of the public; or
(2) interferes with, obstructs, or renders dangerous for passage, any public highway or right-of-way, or waters used by the public; or
(3) is guilty of any other act or omission declared by law to be a public nuisance and for which no sentence is specifically provided.
Unlawful Assembly in Minnesota
In Minnesota, the unlawful assembly statute holds that when three or more persons assemble, each participant is guilty of unlawful assembly, which is a misdemeanor, if the assembly is:
(1) with intent to commit any unlawful act by force; or
(2) with intent to carry out any purpose in such manner as will disturb or threaten the public peace; or
(3) without unlawful purpose, but the participants so conduct themselves in a disorderly manner as to disturb or threaten the public peace.
A misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jails and up to 30 days in jail. If you have been charged with a crime as a result of a protest, contact Keller Law Offices immediately. Keller Law Offices has two criminal justice attorneys. A criminal justice attorney will be able to fight the charges against you. The criminal justice attorneys have handled public nuisance, riot, unlawful assembly, and obstructing the legal process cases in the past. Call 952-913-1421 for a free consultation. Keller Law Offices is located downtown Minneapolis, MN and offer payment plans in most cases. Keller Law Offices will take the charges seriously and are ready to take the case to trial if needed.