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D.C. sued for censoring messages on streets

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Black Lives Matter‘ Painted on street leading to the White House.

, and Mayor Muriel Bowser have been sued for arresting two students for chalking pro-life messages on a sidewalk while allowing left-wing political messages to be painted on streets.

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District Court in Washington by the Frederick Douglass Foundation, Students for Life of America and several individuals.

It argues the city allowed the writing of political messages on city streets in huge letters of yellow paint declaring ‘Black Lives Matter‘ and ‘Defund the police.

The pro-life activists wanted to write ‘Black pre-born lives matter‘ on the street in chalk but were threatened by police officers even after they obtained a permit to assemble.

‘The government can’t discriminate against certain viewpoints by allowing some voices to be heard while silencing others,’ said lawyer Elissa Graves.

‘Because of the city’s actions, Frederick Douglass Foundation and Students for Life of America weren’t able to participate in the public square as other groups have.

The First Amendment prohibits the government from picking and choosing whose speech to allow.

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discriminating in what messages it allows on streets?.

1; however, several law enforcement officers waiting for them informed them that, if they used paint or even washable sidewalk chalk on either the street or the public sidewalk, they would be arrested.

Despite this warning, two students began to chalk ‘Black Pre-Born Lives Matter’ on the public sidewalk and were immediately arrested,’ the legal team said.

‘The city shouldn’t be able to silence and punish us for expressing ideas that it doesn’t agree with,’ said Frederick Douglass Foundation Virginia Chapter President J.

‘Government officials can’t discriminate against peaceful displays on the basis of our beliefs about abortion when they have allowed other groups the same avenues to express their beliefs.

If the mayor allows other messages to be painted and chalked, we should be able to express our views in the same manner without fear of unjust government punishment.

The city, therefore, used its laws to ‘silence disfavored speech,’ the filing said.

‘The defendants’ actions are blatant viewpoint discrimination, which the United States Constitution does not tolerate,’ the complaint said.


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