Criminalizing free speech in the Trump era

One year after protesting at Trump’s inauguration, this demonstrator is facing decades in prison. “It has been depression and anxiety producing,” protestor Elizabeth Lagesse revealed on “Salon Now” with Salon’s Alyona Minkovski.

Lagesse is one of 59 demonstrators still facing decades in prison. In a trial that shocked observers, government prosecutors had been attempting to hold nearly 200 people responsible for rioting and destruction of property based on what they wore and who they were with, instead of providing evidence that individuals broke any laws. On January 18, 2018, charges were dropped against 129 of the defendants.

To hear more about Lagesse’s experience and analysis from Scott Michelman, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, watch the video above. The ACLU is suing the D.C. police department for the way its officers treated the roughly 200 people who were rounded up in a mass arrest and held outside for over seven hours.

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