When Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott, the only Black woman in the state’s legislature, was arrested at a protest last month, she assumed she’d been booked on a curfew violation.
Instead, Scott and 17 other racial-justice protesters arrested alongside her were booked on a much more serious charge: rioting. The allegation was they had marched near—that is, proximal to—someone who vandalized a library.
Even local prosecutors couldn’t stomach the case: On Tuesday, the county attorney who brought those charges announced he was dropping them, calling them too hard to prosecute.
Now a fellow state lawmaker is taking aim at the murky riot law that led to the mass arrests in the first place, an effort to help stem the tide of harsh crackdowns on protesters across America.
Scott was arrested hours after a prosecutor declined to press charges against any
Over the past few weeks, I have needed to make important edits to my second book, “The Subsequent Wave of Applied sciences.” In doing so, I have been maintaining in mind Melvin Kranzberg’s six laws of technology. As you’ll be able to see above, each my metropolis bylaws & my constructing’s bylaws permit no room for events at any given time evening or day. On the similar time, they fill within the gaps of these laws. Most frequently, state laws are parallel with federal laws, but typically they do battle with one another.
No authorities has the fitting to take away any law abiding people from defending his property or his household or his person. Laws, like people, are sometimes loopy. The U.S. Constitution shapes the foundation for federal law by establishing government energy and accountability, as well as defending citizen rights.
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