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Protesters fill the streets of downtown Los Angeles as they gather for the Women's March against President Donald Trump Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. The march is being held in solidarity with similar events taking place in Washington and around the nation. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A Republican lawmaker wants to prevent drivers who hit protesters from being sued


We believe that citizens have the right to protest ... Protesters have no right to be in the middle of the road.
State Sen. Bill Ketron

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.
Katie Jacobs, protester

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.

Should protesters be able to sue drivers who hit them?

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