Freedom Of Speech: Oppellants First Amendment Right To Free Speech

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1. On June 23, 2015 five appellants in Kansas City, Missouri were arrested for peacefully exercising their freedom of speech by holding informational signs about the war in Afghanistan. They were abiding by all state and local statues including the city’s loitering ordinance that states it is “unlawful for any person to . . . stand . . . either alone or in concert with others in a public place in such a manner so as to obstruct any public street, public highway . . . by hindering or impeding the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic, or pedestrians" (§ 50-161(a)). The five appellants were standing between the curb and the sidewalk. There were complaints about “offensive signs” and the police requested that the appellants make sure they were not creating a traffic hazard by protesting and later were asked by military offers to remove the offensive signs with color photographs of the mutilated corpses of dead civilians. The appellants refused. The protest was peaceful and they were not engaged in any yelling or violence. Due to the appellants’ refusal to remove the signs, they were arrested. …show more content…
This arrest violates the appellants’ first amendment right to free speech. Free speech, according to Justice Brandeis in the 1927 Supreme Court decision of Whitney v. California, is the “freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think [which] are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth”. The First Amendment was created to limit the actions of the state and local government so that the public has a means to speak out and the government would not have too much

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