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Professor Bhagwat Talks to Los Angeles Times About Police Protest Dispersal Orders

News Posted on October 4, 2021

The Los Angeles Times quoted Professor Ashutosh Bhagwat in a piece investigating the Los Angeles Police Department’s use of protest dispersal orders.

“The right to disperse an assembly only begins once things start to get out of hand, and by out of hand, I mean violent,” Bhagwat told the Times. “The fact that an assembly is disorderly is not a sufficient reason to disperse it.” Read the story.

Ashutosh Bhagwat, Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality, and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, is an innovative, broad-ranging, and widely published constitutional law scholar. He is the author of the 2020 book Our Democratic First Amendment (Cambridge University Press).