Two protesters arrested while chalking ‘Black Pre-Born Lives Matter’ on sidewalk

A march organized by the anti-abortion organization Students for Life of America and the Frederick Douglass Foundation nears the offices of Planned Parenthood in Northeast Washington on Saturday.
A march organized by the anti-abortion organization Students for Life of America and the Frederick Douglass Foundation nears the offices of Planned Parenthood in Northeast Washington on Saturday. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
August 2, 2020 at 6:23 a.m. GMT+7

Two protesters outside a Planned Parenthood facility were arrested and charged with defacing public or private property early Saturday, according to D.C. police and video footage.

Erica Caporaletti, a 22-year-old student at Towson University, and Warner DePriest, a 29-year-old D.C. resident, were writing “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” with chalk on the sidewalk when police arrested them.

The arrests happened just before 6 a.m., soon after a group of about two dozen people, led by the antiabortion advocacy group Students for Life of America, showed up to paint in the street of the 1200 block of Fourth Street NE as part of what they called a campaign to highlight the impact of abortion on Black communities.
Tina Whittington, executive vice president of Students for Life of America, said police first warned that they would detain the group if they painted the street
 
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  • it was only chalk!

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