During the raging riots in the District of Columbia from late May through most of July, the Metropolitan Police Department arrested four people for defacing property.
But two pro-life students have been arrested for writing in chalk on the street, “black pre-born lives matter” on Saturday. Their tools were benign enough. Even children write in chalk on pavement without penalty. Was it the message that was objectionable to the DC establishment?
The Metropolitan Police Department arrested four people for defacing property throughout almost two months of rioting in the District of Columbia, but arrested two pro-lifers for writing “black pre-born lives matter” in chalk Saturday.
MPD spokeswoman Alaina Gertz confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation Monday that only four people had been arrested for defacing private/public property during protests and riots in late May, June and most of July — numbers reflected in the MPD’s “Unrest-Related Arrest Data” between May 30 and July 17.
According to the dataset: “An arrest was considered ‘unrest-related’ if it was a curfew violation where a person refused to return home despite receiving a warning, and/or if the person committed another arrestable offense in a public space or due to unlawful entry of a private space, co-located with or near in time or place to demonstrations going on in the city at the time, and appearing clearly or likely linked to the civil unrest in the city.”
The four people arrested for defacing property, according to MPD data, were 24-year-old Henry Chen, arrested May 30, 18-year-old Raphael Snead, arrested May 31, 18-year-old Kayla Cureton, arrested June 8, and 27-year-old Tayvon Turner, arrested July 7.
MPD then arrested two members of the Students for Life of America group Saturday morning for chalking pro-life sentiments, including the slogan “Preborn Black Lives Matter,” on the road in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
Gertz told the DCNF that the Students for Life members were arrested for “defacing of private/public property” and were later “both citation released.”
Police arrested both 29-year-old Warner DePriest, a strategic partnerships advisor to the group, and 22-year-old student leader Erica Caporaletti, Students for Life spokeswoman Kristi Hamrick told the DCNF. Hamrick said that six police cars were waiting at the clinic when the pro-lifers arrived.
“The fact that two Students for Life of America students were arrested for chalking BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER shows that government officials are practicing viewpoint discrimination to unconstitutionally block pro-life American’s Free Speech rights,” Students for Life Executive Director Kristan Hawkins told the DCNF. “If you open the door to free speech on the city streets to one group, you can’t shut it to others.”
Hawkins noted that the group is seeking legal remedies and speaking with lawyers about their next steps.
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