State Appeals Ruling in Occupy Nashville Case

Department of General Services Commissioner Steve Cates and Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons are appealing U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger's ruling last month that they were liable for damages to Occupy protesters both in their capacities as state officials and individually  The commissioners helped institute “new rules” for Occupy Nashville protestors on War Memorial Plaza in 2011. According to the Nashville City Paper, Trauger criticized Cates and Gibbons for failing to consult with the attorney general before creating rules that led to the arrest of Occupy protesters.