Supreme Court looks into Jacksonville protest turned violent

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Wed, March 26 2014 at 5:39 PM, Updated: Wed, March 26 2014 at 8:53 PM

Jacksonville, Ore.--  Anti President George W. Bush protesters were heard by the Supreme Court Wednesday.

10 years ago Shelly Elkovich was one of hundreds protesting during president George W. Bush's campaign visit in 2004. She said she and nearly 200 others felt federal and local police violated their rights

"They marched on us, they pushed people down, they struck people with  batons, they fired pepper spray bullets, you know injuring people," said Elkovich.

Elkovich and others contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and now ten years later the supreme court is hearing both sides of the case. Oregon ACLU representative, David Fidanque was at the D.C. courthouse and said, "The questioning by the court was very lively of both the lawyer from for the federal government and our volunteer attorney."

Fidanque said the supreme court will now decide whether or not the protesters can sue two federal secret service agents claiming they forced state and local police to become aggressive.

"I think it was difficult to tell where the court may come down on this question. The federal government has been arguing that secret service agents shouldn't be sued for violating civil rights."

But Shelley Elkovich said they did violate her rights and now she wants justice.

"If this case is shut down it just shows that people cant sue members of their government even when their civil rights have been violated."

A decision is expected before the end of June.

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