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Minneapolis Doesn't Like Zombies!

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Seems the folks in Minneapolis don't really have a sense of humor…and are a bit harsh!

A group of seven friends are receiving a big pay out from the city of Minneapolis after the were arrested and thrown in jail for two days on charges of, wait for, dressing like zombies!

Okay, not really, but it is still excessive regardless!

Back in 2006, these seven friends dressed up as zombies and took to the city streets to protest what they called mindless consumerism. As the lurched through the town, police thought that one of them was carrying a bomb and so, they were arrested. Turns out, the "bomb" was a radio, but still, the creatures of the night were kept in lock up for two days.

Because officials went overboard, the city now has to pay $165,000 to the group, along with their lawyer.

Next time Minneapolis, remember you have to do something WRONG to wind up in jail. While dressing like a zombie might be creepy and unsettling, it is not a crime. If it was, there would be a laundry list of celebs in prison right now, starting with you Taylor Momsen! (Admit it, she kind of looks like a hooker zombie, right?)

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33 comments to “Minneapolis Doesn't Like Zombies!”



  1. 1

    I was wondering what happened to Jason Patric…sure looks like him, bottom-center!



  2. 2

    Al Franken's voting base.. the living and the brain dead.



  3. 3

    Ironically, Taylor Momsen's band the Pretty Reckless have a song called Zombie :P



  4. 4

    It's shit like this that really scares me. The bottom line is they didn't like how they looked and they arrested them. They did it because they could and did get away with it. Do you suppose they were from Rose Nylon beloved Saint Olaf ? lol



  5. 5

    Funny and it is a state that pictures themselves so open minded LOL

  6. bgirl says – reply to this


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    Psssshhh, don't title this post "Minneapolis Doesn't Like Zombies!".. Ever been to the Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis? It's amazing! ;)



  7. 7

    haha…I'm from Minneapolis and never heard of this when it happened in 2006. There's an annual event here called Zombie Pub Crawl (I've never participated). I just looked it up and it's in October!



  8. 8

    I love everyone's trying to make it about the Zombie thing. Had that radio been a bomb and the cop had NOT stopped them, then everyone would say, "Why didn't he arrest them."

    What you're all missing out on, is back in 2006 the officer that stopped them saw what he believed to be a bomb, he approached the group, who then acted suspiciously, refusing to let him see the object (which later was revealed to be a radio.) The group caused a scene, were uncooperative, and didn't let the cop see that it was a radio. So he arrested them, as he should have. And I've got news for all of you, if you walk around dressed like a zombie, walking strange… and it's NOT Halloween, then guess what… people are going to be suspicious.

    Had the GROUP not overreacted, and just showed the cop that it was a radio, then they wouldn't have been arrested. It's a joke that the city has to pay them a cent… they're the ones that wasted the cities (and tax payers) time and money.



  9. 9

    Minneapolis LOVES zombies! In fact, we're the proud creators of the annual Zombie Pub Crawl in October, which has since spread to other parts of the nations. Imagine THOUSANDS of people dressed as zombies, wandering the streets!!



  10. 10

    The pic looks like the opening of a really sick "Brady Bunch" episode.

    Like episode No. 958: "Cindy Eats Human Flesh (and it turns out to have been Alice)".



  11. 11

    Anoka, Minnesota is also "Halloween Capital of the World" a title given to it by the US government.

    As I said above, the issue isn't that they were dressed up, it had more to do with the officer thinking he saw a bomb.



  12. 12

    That is AWESOME. And the one on the bottom left is kinda hot. Nuf said.



  13. 13

    Does noone read Adbusters? This is a stunt many people around the world participate in on "Black Friday" to demonstrate "mindless consumerism", it's great! The fact that they got arrested for quietly protesting should send them straight to a lawyer. And, 'Iloverickymartin', you are a moron. Seriously…



  14. 14

    I'm from MN and the zombie pub crawl is definitely a crazy and fun time!!!!



  15. 15

    Every fall in Minneapolis we have the zombie pub crawl where thousands of people dress up like zombies and creep from bar to bar begging for brains and booze. Minneapolis loves zombies…dont give us a bad name because of one circumstance.



  16. 16

    Dear JayJay08: I hope the police are paying you for your hard work.

    For everyone else, what really happened was that we were asked by two police to keep the volume down and not get too close to people - they saw and heard the stereos. Later, they and two other police told us we had to come to the police station to be ID'd, and we all walked there together - they didn't even pat us down, let alone ask us not to detonate our suspected bombs.

    They didn't invent the idea of bombs until later, when they were searching our bags looking for something to charge us with. That was also after Sargent Ed Nelson introduced himself by yelling "I don't give a G*d D*mn about anybody's Constitutional F***ing Rights!"

    If you want to learn more about Ed Nelson, real "Minneapolis police cash in on bar beat" in the city pages. If you think that they really suspected we were suicide bombers when they first saw us, ask yourself why they didn't come up with that idea until after we were brought to the precinct to be arrested. Please, use your BRAINS!
    -jake



  17. 17

    Re: AnAveryIsland – Actually it had nothing to do with Buy Nothing Day, which happens on Black Friday, the day retailers' books go from red to black ink (they break even). This was just a bunch of people having fun in the street, dressing up and playing music. The comparison of shoppers to zombies wasn't planned.

    It was eerie, however, that after being arrested (despite the police knowing exactly what we were doing) they invented the idea that we were suspected suicide bombers, and should have been shot in the head just in case. This was exactly one year (to the day) after Jean Charles de Menezes was gunned down in the London subway by undercover officers because they supposedly thought he had a body bomb on.

    In that story, they kept saying that he had hopped the turnstyle, was wearing a bulky jacket, and had wires coming out of his coat. Actually that was one of the police; Jean Charles was wearing a thin denim coat, used his card to pay the turnstyle, and walked casually to the seat where he was killed. But the truth is elusive.

    USE YOUR BRAINS!!!



  18. 18

    Re: CMKMPLS – you should attend this year. it's always awesome.



  19. 19

    Love Minneapolis they know how to party. Went to a relative's wedding and had the time of my life~



  20. 20

    We just had our annual Zombie parade here in Vancouver Bc. Over 4000 zombies this year



  21. 21

    ha she totally does



  22. 22

    I presume these advocates of anti-consumerism will donate their compensation straight to charity!

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    MARIO, you talk about Chris Brown beating Rihanna once (which is awful and he's a beast for doing it) but it happened once, he learned and they are both moving on. YOU however, on a daily basis, EMOTIONALLY abuse many people, including YOUNG GIRLS, such as Taylor. Calling her a HOOKER?? YOU are worse than Chris Brown. You emotionally abuse young girls who are very impressionable and you are screwing with their heads which is abuse that does not go away like a black eye.

    You are a hypocrite. All the times you've talked about how a certain young actress will end up the new Lyndsey Lohan and all screwed up and on drugs. You must feel really shitty about yourself, that's why you do this…it makes you feel better about yourself to abuse others. Your mother must be so embarrassed and ashamed. I'm sure to your face she 'supports' you, but when she goes to bed at night she cries thinking of all the hate you spew every day.

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  24. 24

    i live in Minneapolis and ive never heard about this either. but i have been to the zombie pub crawl and had a great time.



  25. 25

    The one on the bottom right doesn't look zombie-ish to me. Maybe she was the one doing the double tap?



  26. 26

    Wait a minute. Are we not the liberal society that lets Muslim women cover any identifying part of their face? We allow complete facial hoodies but arrest kids in Hallowe'en costumes? Stop the burqa.



  27. 27

    I remember this from when it happened. I know one of the zomibes and even stopped by and joined the group outside the jail waiting (in vain) for them to be released.

    One thing to be aware of. At no time did any of the police ever truly suspect any of the zombies had a bomb. They did, at one point, claim the arrest was for "simulated weapons of mass destruction" - but the police never really though their home made sound system was a bomb.

    Nor were the zombies ever charged with anything. They were just held in jail over the weekend.



  28. 28

    if people ask to be targeted, they will. Get over it.



  29. 29

    Re: Mergers – Muslim is a religion dumbass, our country serves a right to freedom of religion, not freedom to zombies.



  30. 30

    Re: Melley
    Does your comment have anything whatsoever to do with this story?



  31. 31

    only half of them look like zombies wth?



  32. 32

    Geez Perez.. You sure are posting a lot on my fabulous state, MN, lately. With Favre, Target and now this.



  33. 33

    Re: iloverickymartin – St. Olaf is not a real city, however St. Olaf University is. It is about an hour south of the Twin Cities in Northfield, MN.