By MRCTV, Special for USDR
MRCTV was filming on the sidewalk in front of
the National Archives
– the building where the US Constitution is stored and displayed.
We were not reporting from inside of the building or even on the steps of the building. No, we were exercising our First Amendment Right on what we understood to be a public sidewalk. We were approached by private security guards, one of which told us that we were not allowed to film–even on the sidewalk–without permission from the Archives itself.
Two guards then followed us down the sidewalk as were leaving telling us that the sidewalk in front of the Archives was “private property” and that we therefore needed to turn our camera off. Here’s the footage we were able to get: