Attorneys challenge park service over inaugural protests

AP News
Posted: Dec 07, 2016 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran civil rights attorneys in Washington are threatening legal action against the National Park Service if it doesn't make public land available for a women's march and other protests planned around President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

The park service historically reserves space for use by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, but the attorneys say the denial of protest permits has gone too far this time and is unconstitutional.

At issue is a permit the park service itself took out months ago for spaces including the Lincoln Memorial and the Ellipse. No inaugural activities are planned in those places, but the park service has reserved them for the days before and after the inauguration.

A park service spokesman says the service "is committed to accommodating as many permits as it can."