September 11, 2013
The nation’s capital has relatively relaxed rules concerning the exercise of First Amendment rights. Because of this, the “2 million bikers” en route to commemorate the victims of 9/11 won’t be bothered while snarling city traffic Wednesday.
“It is not a crime to parade” through the city without a permit, Ted Gest, a spokesman for the D.C. attorney general’s office, told U.S. News. That office prosecutes violations of D.C. law.
But, Gest cautioned, “I don’t think we can speculate on what penalties the motorcycle riders might be subjected to for traffic or other offenses because we don’t know what they’re going to do.”
The “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” demonstration was announced in August and its last-minute request for a National Park Service event permit was denied.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:37 am