Caddo Parish debates putting fence around courthouse


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.

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