DPS officers in gallery warning folks not to clap, raise fists or support protesters . Will be removed if they do #txlegelive #txlege #sb4— Julian Aguilar (@nachoaguilar) February 2, 2017
There is a long line in Austin right now speaking, and wishing to speak, at the capitol on the issue of Sanctuary Cities. Here's the free speech problem: You certainly cannot "disrupt" a public meeting to the point where you, uh, disrupt it. But you can't clap? If you do it as a show of support instead of an intent to disrupt the proceedings, that is not a crime. And raising a fist is absolutely protected speech.
I just love the thought of a Trooper, who is 100% an arm of the government, telling someone "Don't raise your fist" in a public building where an issue of public concern and law making is being discussed.