A U.S. court ruled that zombies have the right to free speech (if you consider grunts, groans and gurgles speech) after a group of protesters dressed as the undead were arrested by police. This ruling allows them to revive their lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and their police department, reportedly seeking $50,000 dollars for each person arrested.

During the protest in 2006, the group wore makeup, fake blood and the usual living dead garb while wandering a mall telling shoppers to "get your brains here" and "brain cleanup in aisle five." The protesters carried audio equipment like loudspeakers and phones which police described as "simulated weapons of mass destruction." They were arrested for disorderly conduct and jailed for two nights. I guess these were slow zombies.

The judicial court dismissed the zombies' claims of "false imprisonment" and "First Amendment retaliation" but the appeals court sided with the undead: "An objectively reasonable person would not think probable cause exists under the Minnesota disorderly conduct statue to arrest a group of peaceful people for engaging in an artistic protest by playing music, broadcasting statements (and) dressing as zombies."

The seven zombies were protesting consumerism during the 2006 Aquatennial in Minneapolis -- an annual festival celebrating the city's famous lakes, rivers and streams. Huh?

[Yahoo News]

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