Protest Hostility

A photojournalist who says he was subjected to excessive force while covering a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Saint Francis Hospital in Los Angeles is suing LA County, its sheriff and others, claiming they are hostile towards members of the media and the public attempting to record them and that he was unjustifiably assaulted.

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BLM Masks

A federal court in Pennsylvania refused to stay a preliminary injunction that prohibits the Port Authority of Allegheny County from enforcing its policy that bans employees from wearing “Black Lives Matter” face masks, finding that its decision to block a policy that prevents employees from “engaging in passive and peaceful expression” is “well-supported” by the First Amendment.

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Protester Assault

An elderly protester who was seen in a viral video being shoved to the ground by police in Buffalo, New York, last summer sued the city and several officers, saying they assaulted him and then walked past him as he lay unconscious on the sidewalk with blood pouring from his skull. He also claims a weeklong curfew in response to Black Lives Matter protests was unconstitutional.

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BLM Masks

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled the Allegheny County Port Authority violated its workers’ rights by prohibiting them from wearing “Black Lives Matter” masks out of a fear that it would cause “disruption.” The court wrote that a “speculative fear that otherwise innocuous speech could induce others to engage in counter-speech,” does not justify government censorship.

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