Temporary order allows protests near Bush Presidential Library

Temporary order allows protests near Bush Presidential Library

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Six North Texans who sued the City of Dallas for the right to protest along Central Expressway will be allowed to protest near the Bush Presidential Library this week. A judge issued a temporary restraint order to allow demonstrations, despite a Dallas ordinance that prohibits it. A grassy area, owned by SMU, has been designated as the protest area this week. It's located across Central Expressway from the Bush Presidential Library.

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 3:33 PM

DALLAS -- Six North Texans who sued the City of Dallas for the right to protest along Central Expressway will be allowed to protest near the Bush Presidential Library this week.

A judge issued a temporary restraint order to allow demonstrations, despite a Dallas ordinance that prohibits it.

A grassy area, owned by SMU, has been designated as the protest area this week. It's located across Central Expressway from the Bush Presidential Library.

Back in January, six people were cited and threatened with arrest for violating the Dallas ordinance, which prevents anyone from carrying signs on, over, or within 75 feet of certain freeways in Dallas, including Central. Those six people claim the city violated their free speech rights under the Texas and U.S. constitutions.

City leaders claim the ordinance is designed to ensure safety.

The judge ruled demonstrations can be held this week at the location, just north of Mockingbird Lane. The judge wrote in his order that the city failed to demonstrate the need to regulate signs at the protest site to ensure safety.

The six people who filed the lawsuit are hoping the court will ultimately strike down the ordinance.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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