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Some States Want to Raise Penalties on Protesters for Breaking the Law — and Civil Rights Groups Are Worried

In the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, Republican legislators in 22 states are considering tough new penalties against people who break the law while protesting — and some bills even offer protection to people who injure protesters. Civil rights groups argue that these new laws could chill First Amendment rights to protest. Sophie Quinton of The Pew Charitable Trusts explains how these new bills could affect advocacy going forward.