MINNEAPOLIS - The City of Minneapolis has settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of a protester who chalked on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. District Courthouse.
Melissa Hill was detained and banned from the building for a year after she used erasable chalk in June 2011 to write an anti-war statement.
Under the settlement, the city, the Minneapolis Police Department and the agency that guards the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis agreed not to treat chalking as a crime.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota represented Hill.
Hill was not charged with a crime. As part of the settlement, the defendants agreed to pay part of her legal fees.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis signed the order dismissing the case Monday.
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