Judge Blocks Ban of Black Lives Matter Supporters from Iowa State Capitol


DES MOINES, Iowa - A federal judge is temporarily blocking the ban of 17 Black Lives Matter supporters from the Iowa State Capitol.

The bans were issued last summer after clashes between protesters and police agencies at the capitol became violent.

Courthouse News reports the judge ruled the five plaintiffs filing a lawsuit were successful in claiming their First Amendment rights were violated.

The judge's order temporarily blocks the ban while the lawsuit moves forward.

The ACLU took part in the suit against members of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Iowa State Patrol.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger said her order does not interfere with the Iowa State Patrol’s authority to enforce the law at state capitol.

The judge further said the order does not give license to the violent behavior displayed in a video provided by the Iowa State Patrol.

Read the full court order as provided by Courthouse News Service here.