Police in Montgomery County, Maryland said Wednesday that pro-abortion protesters outside the Chevy Chase homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh must do so quietly after getting noise complaints by neighbors, CNN reported.
Screen images from video of June 29 protest via Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter.
CNN’s Whitney Wild reported police have told demonstrators they will enforce disturbing the peace laws, meaning no more drums, no more bull horns, no more airhorns and no more screaming or they may arrest the protesters. Bottom line: The illegal protests meant to intimidate the Republican appointed justices will continue to be be allowed by the Democrat run county.
Video via the Media Research Center:
#BREAKING: CNN reports that police in Montgomery County, Maryland are now enforcing disturbing the peace laws against protests outside the homes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts pic.twitter.com/TphKZMUobI
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 13, 2022
Video from two weeks ago by WTOP-FM reporter Alejandro Alvarez captures the noise of the protests at the justices’ homes:
More protests outside the suburban Maryland residences of Roberts and Kavanaugh tonight. Marches like this one have happening at the D.C. region homes of conservative justices since early May. Police lining the lawns in front of both. pic.twitter.com/u7ajRUVv11
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) June 30, 2022
Bethesda Magazine reported last week fed up neighbors met with Montgomery County police (excerpt):
Protesters in Montgomery County are subject to local regulations, such as a requirement that they not remain stationary in front of a person’s house and not block traffic. Recently, the marshal of the Supreme Court addressed a letter to County Executive Marc Elrich asking that he enforce the local laws, in response to one protest that featured at least 75 people, according to the marshal. Elrich responded by saying that the marshal should have discussed the issue with him first before taking it to the media and also disputed the marshal’s description about the protesters’ actions.
On Wednesday evening, a few residents met in the neighborhood with Sean Gagen, the commander of the Montgomery County police department’s Second District, and another officer to express their concerns about the protests. The neighbors say they are worried about the noise, the obscenities being shouted by some protesters and the disruption to the community.
One neighbor, who asked that Bethesda Beat not use her name for safety reasons, wrote in an email that she thinks the protesters’ actions are inappropriate in a private neighborhood where young children live.
“Most of those children are too young to understand what they’re doing and way too young for us to have these crucial conversations with. They are extremely frightened by their actions and no longer feel safe in their own homes,” she wrote in an email on Thursday.
The neighbor also took issue with the recent characterization by Montgomery County officials that the protests were peaceful.
“They are far from. It’s actually embarrassing that anyone would categorize them as such,” she wrote. “Ask anyone on our street that lives here or has been here when they’re happening and they will tell you the same. It’s horrendous and insane that this is allowed to happen at our private homes.”
The neighbor added that many of the residents share the same views as the protesters but feel they are being disruptive and disrespectful to the community.
A neighbor complained to Fox News last month that police were not enforcing the law and that children were being terrorized (excerpt):
Protesters typically appear two evenings a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and come in the evening at around 7 p.m. – when many of the local residents are putting their children to bed, a task made difficult when loud protesters are marching up and down the street.
“That’s when people are putting their kids to bed, there’s little kids who live on the street. It’s a horrific experience,” the source said. “It’s not great if you have kids of any age, but it’s unbelievably stressful and the kids are very upset, the kids have to be sent inside and it’s so loud you can’t put your kids to sleep.”
“They picked the exact time and they don’t care,” they said. “Literally, there’s no way on a Wednesday night you can put your kid to bed.”
While there are ground rules set by law enforcement, the source said the protesters are loud and intimidating, with chants that warn of riots if they don’t get what they want – and there have been instance of protesters abusing the neighbors as well, they said.
“They have drummers, they have a megaphone, and they chant, they yell all kinds of things… They have told neighbors ‘f— you, f— your children, things like that – and so they’re abusive toward the neighbors and intimidating.”
“They go in the street. We’ve been told that because they will move eventually when a car comes down the street, they’re not technically blocking the street,” they said.
The resident notes that there are noise ordinances that limit things like leaf blowers, and yet those ordinances are apparently not followed by the protesters.
“What we’ve also been told is that this is ‘behaving within the bounds of the law’ and the only law that could be enforced is the federal law that they’re not supposed to protest outside the home of judicial officers, but the federal partners declined to enforce that law,” they said.
And of course last month an armed man named Nicholas Roske traveled from California to Kavanaugh’s home with plans to kill the justice in protest of Kavanaugh being pro-life and pro-2A.