Occupy protester to receive $15,000 from Hennepin County in settlement

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A woman who was charged with trespassing during the Occupy Minnesota demonstrations last year will be paid $15,000 by Hennepin County as part of a lawsuit settlement, MSNBC reports.

Melissa Lynn Hill was issued a trespass notice on Oct. 13 for writing slogans in chalk on Hennepin County Government Center plaza. The county barred her from the plaza and Government Center property for a year.

In a federal lawsuit, Hill alleged that two days later she was arrested by a deputy sheriff while she was standing on the sidewalk adjacent to the plaza.

Her attorney, Jordan Kushner, sued Sheriff Rich Stanek, two deputies, a security officer, the county, and others associated with the county, alleging the county had violated due process and other Constitutional rights.

According to the Star Tribune, Hill says she feels "vindicated."

A county spokeswoman says the settlement was reached between Hill and Hennepin County, and the other defendants were dropped from the case.

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