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Earthjustice President Condemns Attack on Peaceful Protesters and First Amendment

“These are clear and abhorrent violations of the First Amendment right to free speech and lawful assembly.”
Military police hold a perimeter near the White House as people gather in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2020, to protest the killing of George Floyd.

Military police hold a perimeter near the White House as people gather in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2020, to protest the killing of George Floyd.

Olivier Douliery / AFP via Getty Images
June 2, 2020
San Francisco, CA —

Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen issued this statement Tuesday afternoon:

“On Monday evening, federal and local law enforcement authorities, including military police, pushed away peaceful protesters and members of the media who had gathered near the White House, using gas and projectiles.

“We condemn government officials’ use of police officers, the National Guard or military to quash constitutionally protected free speech in D.C. or any other parts of the nation. These are clear and abhorrent violations of the First Amendment right to free speech and lawful assembly. Democracy cannot exist in an atmosphere where the ability to speak freely is suppressed by the state.

“Earthjustice fights in courts of law around the nation for public health, environmental protection, and justice under the U.S. Constitution. We continue to offer our support for peaceful protests demanding justice for George Floyd, full accountability for unwarranted police violence, and a renewed commitment to rooting out racism and addressing anti-blackness throughout this nation.”

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Keith Rushing, Earthjustice, (202) 797-5236

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