Anti-abortion activist arrested after writing pro-life message on sidewalk

Metropolitan Police arrest a Students for Life volunteer, Aug. 1, 2020. Credit: Students for Life

At a time when “Black Lives Matter” can be painted in permanent paint on seemingly any street, including the main streets of cities and outside the Trump Tower in Manhattan, two anti-abortion activists were arrested recently in Washington D.C. for writing “Black Preborn Lives Matter” on the street — in washable chalk.

“Black Lives Matter” has become a catch-all leftist term meaning that racism is so out of control in the United States that police should be disbanded, buildings and sports teams renamed, statues torn down and courthouses set afire to right the “wrong.”

The “wrong” being that black Americans who run afoul of law enforcement, which they disproportionately do as a result of drug addiction, absent black fathers and the destruction of the American black family by the welfare state, sometimes suffer harm at the hands of police.

In the Washington, D.C. incident, police violated the First Amendment when officers arrested two activists who were writing “Black Preborn Lives Matter” outside of a Planned Parenthood location, one of the activists told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on FOX News recently.

“This is a violation of our First Amendment right,” said Warner DePriest, of Students for Life of America (SFLA). “This is viewpoint discrimination.”

A video taken at the time shows police telling DePriest and SFLA student leader Erica Caporaletti that they will be arrested if they continue writing with sidewalk chalk outside of the Planned Parenthood Carol Whitehill Moses Center in northeast D.C.

SFLA said it applied for a permit that included painting “Black pre-born lives matter” on the pavement outside Planned Parenthood. The organization claims that police granted them a permit to gather at Planned Parenthood and, in a separate conversation, verbally allowed them to paint their message on the street. Authorities specifically requested they use temporary paint, SFLA claims.

A public affairs specialist with the D.C. police told FOX News that police “did not issue a permit to put a message on the street. MPD issues permits to assemble. Any markings on the street would have to be permitted by the DC Department of Transportation.” The same specialist later said that the permit explicitly stated that “marking or painting on the street is not permitted.” She added: “We do not have any information to corroborate the statement that the group was told they would not be stopped from painting.”

DePriest maintains, however, that when he arrived at the center at 5 a.m. on July 1, police said he couldn’t paint “Black Preborn Lives Matter” on the street.

Several U.S. cities, including Washington D.C., have officially commissioned graffiti and murals in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, with Mayor Muriel Bowser going so far as to rechristen part of 16th Street NW as “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”


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