Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Briefing on "First Amendment Violations at Black Lives Matter Protests"

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 10:00am

 

 

Chairman Raskin's Opening Statement [PDF]

 

 

 

Washington D.C. (June 25, 2020)—On Monday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a remote briefing on how the violent treatment of protestors and journalists across the country by federal and local law enforcement have violated the First Amendment.

 

Since George Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020, people in cities all over the country have flooded the streets to protest his death and in support of Black Lives Matter.  Despite the mostly peaceful nature of those demonstrations, protesters have been met with unnecessary police violence, and upwards of 10,000 people have been arrested.  Protesters, journalists, and even clergy have been hit with chemical gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, batons, and more. 

 

Videos captured on smart phones by protesters, journalists, and bystanders have proven to be essential in holding police accountable for their actions as police departments have issued numerous statements that are easily disproven by video evidence. 

 

The First Amendment is a fundamental right that protects the freedoms of speech, assembly, press, and religion, and this police violence threatens our country’s democratic norms. 

 

WHAT:  

 

Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Briefing on “The First Amendment Under Attack: Examining Government Violence Against Peaceful Civil Rights Protesters and the Journalists Covering Them”

 

WHEN:

 

10:00 AM ET on June 29, 2020

WHO:    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH:

 

 

Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Dean

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

 

Linda Tirado

Journalist

 

Reverend Gini Gerbasi

Rector

Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown

 

 

Andy Ngô

Minority Briefer

Editor-at-Large, The Post Millennial

 

 

LaToya Ratliff

Protester

 

Gustavo Martinez

Freelance Journalist

 

 

 

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.