Last month, the conduct of Trump’s security team came under a bit of question when one of his men was caught on camera punching Efrain Galicia in the face while trying to take his picket sign. Galicia was peacefully protesting with other Hispanics against Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, and stated at the time that he would press charges for the scuffle and property damage.
The Wrap reported that Fernando Tapia ruled against Trump today, dismissing the argument that the protesters were creating a safety hazard by blocking the entrance and exit on Trump’s property.
Tapia reasoned that Keith Schiller upset the balance of free speech and property rights when he “found it incumbent upon himself to approach the protesters and take their signs resulting in a confrontation, which given the potentially volatile nature of the atmosphere, he provoked.”
The judge ruled that the security team cannot intervene with demonstrations or confiscate signs “without first resorting to the proper authorities, unless there is a danger presented where safety concerns require immediate intervention.”
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