ACLU of Georgia

Letter Warns State Capitol Police Against Suppressing Protests at the Capitol

The ACLU of Georgia wrote to Captain Lewis Young of the Capitol Police Division in response to disturbing reports that capitol police may have unconstitutionally infringed on certain activists’ freedom of speech on the sidewalks of Capitol Square.

“Last Wednesday, January 31, 2018, members of the Georgia Capitol Police Division dispersed about 20 activists who were holding signs and exercising their free speech rights on the public sidewalk in front of the ceremonial entrance to the Georgia State Capitol Building on Washington Street,” the ACLU of Georgia wrote. 


“For centuries, sidewalks have been one of the traditional places where concerned citizens have exercised their First Amendment rights…. If these reports are true, then your officers have likely violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the ACLU of Georgia letter continued. 

The activists were part of Woke Wednesdays, a gathering that was scheduled to take place every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:00pm at the Georgia State Capitol while the legislature was in session.