We believe that citizens have the right to protest ... Protesters have no right to be in the middle of the road.
A new bill proposed in Tennessee could prevent protesters from suing drivers who hit them.
Our partner at WTVC reports the bill, proposed by State Senator Bill Ketron, a Republican, would make drivers immune to civil liability unless it could be proven that they hit protesters intentionally.
'Oh, you're protesting, so it's you fault if you get hurt.' I feel like that's the attitude some people would take.
The proposal was quickly met with criticism. Katie Jacobs, who participated in the Woman's March on Washington, said it could have a chilling effect on protest.
State Rep. Matthew Hill, also a Republican, insisted, "we are not endorsing anyone running over a person with a car. ... There is a clear difference, however, between peacefully protesting and lawless rioters in the middle of a public roadway who jeopardize the safety of our families."
The bill may have been a response to Metro Nashville Police investigating claims that a man drove into protesters last month.