At Least 18 States Passing Laws to Restrict or Criminalize Protesters

Outrage is once boiling over across the country after police shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin last weekend. In the viral video, you can see officers shoot Blake multiple times as he leaned against his SUV, his three small children watching from inside. The subsequent clashes between police and protests are a familiar sight in this summer of unrest. In Nashville, demonstrators have stood their ground outside the State Capitol building for more than two months following the death of George Floyd, demanding a meeting with the Governor. Now, state lawmakers have made camping on capitol grounds a felony, which could ultimately lead to protestors losing their right to vote. That makes them one of at least 18 states passing new laws to restrict protesting. State Representative Jason Hodges represents Tennessee’s 67th District. He tells Soledad O’Brien why he voted against the bill.

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