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Sheehan Arrest Reaction

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was removed from the president's State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Reports say it is because of the shirt she was wearing.

Reaction to Sheehan's removal was mixed.

Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war activist, was escorted out of the House of Chambers minutes before the president's State of the Union Address.

Police in the nation's Capitol say Sheehan is charged with unlawful conduct for wearing a shirt that read "2,245 dead, how many more?"

The incident raises questions about freedom of speech.

Teal Benoit, a Tallahassee resident, says, "That's why we fought in all these wars so we can talk like we want and do like we want. If you don't like it here go there and try it, you'll kiss the ground when you get back. Believe me, I've been there."

Lorna Boman says, "People don't want to hear it because you know, people want to see other things, be entertained, they don't want to know what's going on in reality, but I think she shouldn't have been arrested for something that's voicing her opinions, her right, freedom of speech."

This isn't the first time Cindy Sheehan has been arrested for protesting, but people around Tallahassee believe there is a proper place and time to express her opinions.

Corey Alston says, "If she continued to go against warnings then the actions were warranted. If no warnings were given and she was just, happened with out any warnings, then that is inappropriate."

Police in the nation's Capitol say Sheehan's shirt is considered "protesting" and such demonstrations are not allowed in the House chambers.

Cindy Sheehan released a statement on MichaelMoore.com saying she will be filing a "first amendment lawsuit against the government."


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