SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Louisiana parish government is debating whether to spend $200,000 to build a fence around a local courthouse.
The Shreveport Times reports that supporters said a fence would improve security at the Caddo Parish Courthouse. A fence would prevent people without permits from holding rallies or demonstrations on courthouse grounds.
Opponents said the courthouse is a place of democracy, and putting up a fence would send the message that citizens are not welcome to gather.
The Caddo Parish Commission could make a decision later this month.