The First Amendment Doesn't Protect Our Own, Or Anyone
Written by Stacey Khizder
Not only is this an outrage, but it is a violation of the First Amendment. Without a doubt, the St. Louis police department violated our Constitution as soon as they decided that Americans did not have a right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Law enforcement is supposed to protect Americans and their rights. There are too many instances of police living above the law, violating the Constitution, a document that they swore to abide by.
Americans pride themselves in 'freedom' and our 'Democracy'. While the protestors might have not had the proper permits to be on I-64, our journalists had every right to cover this story. Under the First Amendment, the freedom of the press entails that journalists have the legal ability to expose truth, or else, the government could get away with anything. The St. Louis police had NO right to lawfully punish them for it. Without obeying the First Amendment, there is no American freedom, and no American Democracy.
"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced...". We will continue holding violators of the Constitution accountable.