Neutral Observers Arrested Overnight in Baltimore

Reporting San Diego

May 3, 2015 (BALTIMORE) We have learned from the National Lawyers Guild that 12 National Lawyers Guild Observers were arrested overnight. The arrests also included “street medics.” There were other limitations imposed on the media, just like Ferguson, Missouri.

This arrest of neutral legal observers is troubling at multiple levels and the NLG raises them in their press release:

“The events of Saturday night vividly illustrate how the curfew itself created the very problems it purported to solve. Curfews are an unacceptable exercise of police force and violence that promise to provoke rather than quell further resentment and unrest.” “The constitution does not have office hours. No city should be in the practice of revoking its peoples’ First Amendment and other constitutional rights,” says NLG Maryland Mass Defense Committee member and University of Baltimore Assistant Professor of Law Colin Starger.

The orders on the media came on Friday and they…

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