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Man Sues over Arrest for Wearing ‘Occupy’ Jacket in Supreme Court Building

Posted Oct 19, 2012 6:57 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former Marine has sued over his arrest for wearing a jacket with the words “Occupy Everywhere” while in the U.S. Supreme Court’s museum corridor.

In a suit filed in Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday, Fitzgerald Scott claims a police officer told him his jacket was “a sign, a demonstration” that could not be worn in the Supreme Court, Reuters reports. Scott was looking at exhibitions at the time, the complaint says.

Federal prosecutors later dismissed the charge. Scott claims he was wrongly arrested because his jacket constituted speech protected by the First Amendment.

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