When I was a child, I used chalk to draw all over the sidewalk. I loved coloring in rainbows and flowers, and even playing hopscotch. Despite my overactive imagination, I never once imagined a situation where someone drawing with chalk would end up jailed.
Ademo Freeman of New Hampshire was arrested in June of last year for taking part in a protest during which activists used children’s chalk to write on the sidewalk and on the exterior walls of a building during a police accountability rally. Eight were arrested that day, some for graffiti and criminal mischief charges, and others for not moving fast enough when photographs were being taken of the chalked statements before they washed the evidence away.
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