Occupy Bloomington Protestors Will Not Face Criminal Charges

The Monroe County Prosecutor says it will not spend its scarce resources filing charges against five protestors arrested Tuesday evening.


Photo: Kyle Clayton / WFIU News

An IU police officer leads a protester away from the Kelley School after she blocked a doorway.

A release sent out today by Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal says that Indiana University was within its legal rights to remove disruptive individuals from the Kelley School of Business but the prosecutor will not be filing criminal charges against the five protestors who were arrested for trespassing on the property Tuesday.

The protestors, who said they were working in solidarity with the Occupy movement, disrupted a presentation from J.P. Morgan Chase and blocked the doorway so recruits and other guests could not get into an event.

IU Spokesman Mark Land says even free speech has its limits.

“I think the big thing from our perspective is we truly do respect free speech rights and we respect the rights of people to assemble to protest or express their view,” he says. “At the same time everyone has a right to full and free use of our facilities. So as long as those protestors don’t get in the way of other people’s rights to use our facilities or to carry out their educational mission here we’re okay with it.”

Since the protest did not pose a threat to public safety nor did it cause damages, Gaal says there will be no criminal charges filed.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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