Republican Lawmakers in Five States Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest
The Intercept
January 19, 2017

“The anti-protesting bills have alarmed civil liberties watchdogs.

“’This trend of anti-protest legislation dressed up as ‘obstruction’ bills is deeply troubling,’ said Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, who views such bills as violations of the First Amendment. ‘A law that would allow the state to charge a protester $10,000 for stepping in the wrong place, or encourage a driver to get away with manslaughter because the victim was protesting, is about one thing: chilling protest.’”

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