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Protests erupt after acquittal in police killing of Anthony Lamar Smith

PCJF's Mara Verheyden-Hilliard talks to RT America about the behavior of St. Louis police in response to demonstrators outraged by the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Government Demands Massive Private Data from DisruptJ20.org

In an attack on civil liberties and privacy rights, a judge has ordered the "DisruptJ20.org" website to hand over to the Justice Department logs of visitors to the website as part of a sweeping criminal case against protesters. PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard spoke with Brian Becker on his "Loud and Clear" radio program on Aug. 26, 2017, to discuss the case.

CounterSpin interviews Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the right to protest

"There’s an Effort Around the Country to Curtail People’s Fundamental 1st Amendment Rights" — Mara Verheyden-Hilliard (Audio and transcript of interview)

San Antonio Photographer Faces 70 Years in Federal Prison for Documenting Inauguration Day Protest

If convicted, Wood faces between 70 and 80 years in federal prison. Critics have called the charges “arbitrary” and “unbelievably harsh” while the MPD has been accused of using excessive force in a bellicose attack of basic First Amendment rights.

Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in US

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) reviews the media coverage of the mass arrests of protesters at the Jan. 20 Inauguration of Donald Trump.

D.C. Auditor Tells Police To Disclose Trump Protest Report to the PCJF

The Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) issued a report today criticizing the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for failing to abide by the law and refusing to release to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund documents regarding Chief Peter Newsham's controversial handling of the January 20th protests against the incoming Trump Administration.

Supreme Court rules on petition in Brooklyn Bridge mass arrest case

Yesterday, the Supreme Court turned its back on the First Amendment and denied the constitutional rights case challenging the mass false arrest of 700 people at an Occupy Wall St. protest. In refusing to consider the arrestees' appeal, the Court let stand a Second Circuit ruling that poses a clear and present danger to democracy, free speech and a free press.