Park Ser­vice chal­lenged over in­au­gu­ra­tion protests

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice is quash­ing dis­sent by block­ing ac­cess to pub­lic space for those who want to demon­strate be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, Wash­ing­ton civil rights at­tor­neys said Wed­nes­day.

At­tor­ney Mara Ver­hey­den-Hil­liard of the Part­ner­ship for Civil Jus­tice Fund — who has suc­cess­fully lit­i­gated on be­half of pro­test­ers in Wash­ing­ton for more than a decade — threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against the Park Ser­vice if it does not re­scind a per­mit the agency it­self took out to block groups from us­ing land around the White House and the Na­tional Mall for demon­stra­tions.

The Park Ser­vice his­tor­i­cally re­serves space for use by the Pres­i­den­tial In­au­gu­ral Com­mit­tee, but Ms. Ver­hey­den-Hil­liard said the de­nial of protest per­mits has gone too far this time and is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

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