D.C. government sued by pro-life chalk artists

D.C. government sued by pro-life chalk artists

Students who staged a “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” rally in August have sued the District of Columbia over law enforcement officers shutting down their attempts to paint the slogan on a city street.

“The Plaintiffs were prohibited from communicating their message, even though other messages are now permanently emblazoned along the streets of the District,” attorneys wrote Wednesday in a filing in federal court in Washington.

The plaintiffs are listed as the Frederick Douglass Foundation and Students for Life of America. They are asking a judge to declare the city’s defacement ordinance unconstitutional.

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Amid nationwide protests following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser approved the painting of “Black Lives Matter” in a mural on 16th Street NW close to the White House. Miss Bower also renamed the street Black Lives Matter Plaza.


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