(RepublicanPress.org) – The English judge Sir Edward Coke declared a person’s house as their “Castle and Fortress as well [as a] defense against injury and violence” in a 1604 ruling. American culture adopted the phrase, shortening it to “A man’s home is his castle.” Sadly, in today’s divisive political climate, the maxim no longer applies everywhere.
Houston police arrested eight activists for trespassing at the Texas residence of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on June 21. The detainees were part of a group of roughly 60 to 70 individuals protesting climate change.
Media briefing on arrest of demonstrators at US Senator’s home https://t.co/pJTyubhg6F
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 21, 2021
Ban Tien, Houston Police Department’s assistant police chief, said most of the group was exercising their First Amendment right to protest peacefully. However, a small group of people trespassed on private property in front of Sen. Cruz’s home.
Continuing, Tien said police officers gave the protesters multiple warnings and provided “ample… opportunities” for them to leave private property and continue their protest on the sidewalk. However, they refused.
As Tien explained, police officers told the protesters they were committing a crime, and they “acknowledged that they understood and they chose to be arrested” instead of complying with the officers’ instructions.
Regardless of one’s belief about climate change or Sen. Cruz, everyone has a right to feel safe on their own property. Sadly, reasonable boundaries and respect for others appear to have fallen by the wayside, at least in this instance.
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