ACLU Files Suit On Behalf Of Veteran Not Allowed To Protest

The ACLU is filing a suit against the Indiana War Memorials Commission for allegedly violating the free speech rights of an Indiana veteran.

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Eric Smith was protesting in front of the Indiana War Memorial when he was arrested, according to the ACLU.

The ACLU of Indiana is suing the Indiana War Memorials Commission on behalf of an Indiana veteran.

The ACLU filed suit Monday in federal court on behalf of Eric Smith from Lebanon who took his 10-year-old son to Monument Circle for a protest. A statement from the ACLU says state officials threatened to arrest Smith if he did not leave the public space because he did not have a permit allowing him to protest.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says people have the right to free expression on public property as long as it‘s not disruptive and that expression is protected by the First Amendment.

The lawsuit challenges the Indiana War Memorials Commission‘s ability to require a permit to protest on state property. The lawsuit seeks undisclosed damages.

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