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Inauguration Protester Banned From D.C.

Inauguration Protester Banned From D.C.

An inauguration protester has been banned from ever returning to Washington, D.C. Rives Grogan, an activist from California, climbed a tree and was allegedly shouting and causing a scene during President Obama’s inaugural address.

This is not Grogan’s first arrest in the Capitol. He has been convicted of five various offenses including disorderly conduct since 2009. Previously Grogan had been placed on probation and fined, but this time he has been completely banned from Washington, D. C.

Authorities spotted Grogan on Monday before President Obama began his address. Despite their efforts to talk him down, he refused to move. Police eventually brought in a ladder to aid in his removal, but, as reported by The Washington Post, he just kept climbing further into the tree.

Officials eventually decided to leave Grogan in the tree to avoid any further disturbance during the ceremony. Grogan, who had a limited ticket to the event, remained in the tree for over five hours. He reportedly climbed down himself and did not have to be forcibly removed.

Grogan was charged with violating previous orders as well as new charges associated with disturbing the peace on “Capitol Grounds.” He has been given permission to return to the Capitol one more time for a hearing on February 25.

Grogan’s mother, Penny Grogan supports her son’s decision to protest:

“God leads him to D.C. to what he needs to do. You stand up for anything of value, you get arrested. Washington is the place where people should be allowed to protest God will judge all of this one day, not the courts.”

As reported by, Grogan is a known anti-abortion activist who has previously disrupted baseball games and political rallies. In the protest that finally got him banned from D.C., Grogan was in a tree holding signs that read “Defund Planned Parenthood” and “Pray To End Abortion.”

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One Response to “Inauguration Protester Banned From D.C.”

  1. Rich Garcia

    I was 15 feet from this lunatic. We are all entitled to our opinion and the opportunity to voice those opinions in the market place, but a solemn occasion is not the place or time to exercise your freedom of speech. If this is appropriate behavior, then it is also appropriate for protesters to enter a church, synagogue, or mosque and spew hateful remarks. Grogan should have been forcibly removed from the tree even if that meant he was injured as he brought upon himself the consequences of breaching respectful behavior, but the only reason he wasn't was because LIBERALS would have come to his defense and lined up to defend him in litigation against the government. How ironic is that? You better think twice about the can of worms you wish to open Mr. Grogan, because it might mean that other people with an opposing view might just start interrupting the events that you consider solemn. If you can do it and get away with it, then they can do likewise. I don't want people interrupting a church service anymore than I appreciated your disrespect at the inauguration.

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