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We may think that you have freedom of speech of course but -- -- man is finding out the hard way.
That that is not always the case you -- he staged a silent protest in front of the Supreme Court.
And got arrested for that was Kennedy is live in our New York City newsroom with the latest installment in our taking liberties series -- -- -- Hey Martha you guys -- protests still a protest if no one sees or hears it.
That's the question being asked by this protestor.
In Washington DC.
Harold Hodge believe in the power of protest.
You believe this is a fundamental American rights.
Yes I do I believe people should be allowed to protest and picket against the government because we.
Are paid for their services they supposed to serve the American people -- here Hodge ward this -- and stood peacefully in front of the Supreme Court.
In fact he -- right here on the public plaza.
He says it was completely silent and stood over a hundred feet from the entrance to the Supreme Court.
Nonetheless officers arrested him.
The charge violating the so called no speech done these things are popping up all over the country John Whitehead his from the Rutherford Institute.
And he's challenging Hodges -- this is.
The dangerous trend is being oil for a number of years of putting people so far away from government officials that -- officials can't hear the speech.
In general Americans are deeply moved by spontaneous protests in other countries.
-- this law enforcement advocates says limits on protests in the US are necessary.
No no -- we are supposed to be an example of freedom to the world.
How can we limit free speech especially in front of the Supreme Court would not -- free speech when law enforcement is doing is they're removing the need people.
To a safe distance away from the court allowing them to demonstrate and not infringe other people's right.
To free speech and access to -- -- well that means freshmen means nothing and that's exactly what to -- -- they're destroying the First Amendment.
Whitehead says speech needs to be seen or heard in order for it to be truly free.
At different here Martha back to -- Very adjusting.
Douglas thank you very much.
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