Settlement reached in Minn. sidewalk chalking case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/19yj4Gv ) reports Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis signed the order dismissing the case Monday.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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