Minneapolis Pays Zombies To Settle Undead Lawsuit

I always expected zombie attacks to be deadly, not informative. These Twin Cities zombies roamed the streets making a statement about the physical aspect of interaction that has been lost with the digital age and the culture of consumerism. Not only did their statement get heard, they profited from it too. Star Tribune reports:

The Minneapolis city attorney’s office has decided to pay seven zombies and their attorney $165,000.

The payout, approved by the City Council on Friday, settles a federal lawsuit the seven filed after they were arrested and jailed for two days for dressing up like zombies in downtown Minneapolis on July 22, 2006, to protest “mindless” consumerism.

When arrested at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 6th Street N., most of them had thick white powder and fake blood on their faces and dark makeup around their eyes. They were walking in a stiff, lurching fashion and carrying four bags of sound equipment to amplify music from an iPod when they were arrested by police who said they were carrying equipment that simulated “weapons of mass destruction.”

However, they were never charged with any crime.

Although U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen had dismissed the zombies’ lawsuit, it was resurrected in February by a three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which concluded that police lacked probable cause to arrest the seven, a decision setting the stage for a federal trial this fall. The settlement means there will be no trial.

“I feel great that the city is being held accountable for the actions of their police,” said Raphi Rechitsky, 27, of Minneapolis, one of the seven zombies, who said he and his friends were performing street theater when they were arrested. He is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Continues at Star Tribune

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  • A Bad Joke

    How long till your mom blames this on Marxism?

  • Gemmarama

    and qualifies it by quoting goebells?

  • Hadrian999

    is it just me or has MN turned into the weirdest state in the union,
    Jessey V, that vampire politician SNL legislator, I'm considering moving there for the entertainment

  • justagirl

    if i were the leader of this zombie group, i would have prepared them for the arrest and made sure that we all remained in “zombie character” while detained. (i.e. moaning, screeching and scratching at each other while being read our rights, and so on).

  • carouser

    Of course Raphi feels great about the settlement; he banked a couple thousand bucks for dressing up like a zombie; and fighting, ironically, mindless consumerism. We hope Raphi does something meaningful with his settlement money; we’d hate to see a zombie not practice what they preach.

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/08/minneap

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Man…now thats some badly trumped charges deserving of settlement loot. Any cop who busts someone without justification and then retroactively gets creative to invent an excuse/charge deserves the humiliation that costing his community a fortune will surely bring.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Man…now thats some badly trumped charges deserving of settlement loot. Any cop who busts someone without justification and then retroactively gets creative to invent an excuse/charge deserves the humiliation that costing his community a fortune will surely bring.