Federal Court Rules that D.C. Dealt More Severely with Pro-Life Protesters than Black Lives Matter Rioters

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court determined that the government of Washington, D.C. displayed bias by issuing much harsher punishments against pro-life protesters than it did against Black Lives Matter rioters.

As Just The News reports, the court wrote in its decision that “in the summer of 2020, thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the District to proclaim ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Over several weeks, the protesters covered streets, sidewalks, and storefronts with paint and chalk.”

“The markings were ubiquitous and in open violation of the District’s defacement ordinance,” the court continued, “yet none of the protesters was arrested.”

But in August of the same year, two pro-life protesters who simply wrote “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” in chalk “on a public sidewalk” were arrested and charged under the city’s “defacement” ordinances.

The lawsuit was filed on the activists’ behalf by the Frederick Douglass Foundation and Students for Life of America.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: TOPSHOT - A woman holds a Black Lives Matter flag during an event in remembrance of George Floyd and to call for justice for those who lost loved ones to the police violence outside the Minnesota State Capitol on May 24, 2021 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)