D.C. Police Arrest Pro-Life Students for Chalking Anti-Abortion Message Outside Planned Parenthood

Aug 7, 2020

Pro-Life DC Arrest

On Saturday, two protesters outside a Planned Parenthood facility were arrested and charged with defacing private property, according to D.C. police and video footage.
Erica Caporaletti, a 22-year-old student at Towson University, and Warner DePriest, a 29-year-old D.C. resident, were writing “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” with washable chalk on the sidewalk when D.C. police arrested them. Prior to the event, the Students for Life of America (SFLA)  claimed to have obtained a permit and were verbally told that they would not be prevented from writing their message on the street. SFLA contends a letter was also written to Mayor Muriel Bowser explaining the nature of their event.
Lauren Marlowe, an SFLA member who was present at the event, took to Instagram afterward to express her anger for how their event was addressed. “Make no mistake, this is democratic government censorship,” she said. “The same mayor who three weeks ago was painting ‘black lives matter’ and ‘defund the police’ on the streets, paving the way for this manner of artistic expression, turned around and ordered the police to prevent the message of ‘black preborn lives matter’ from being painted with washable street paint/children’s chalk.”
Several U.S. cities, including Washington D.C., have added officially commissioned graffiti and murals to their streetscape in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, with Mayor Bowser rechristening a two-block section of the city "Black Lives Matter Plaza."

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