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Criminal Law Keyed to Capers
Bouie v. City of Columbia
Citation:378 U.S. 347 (1964)
On March 14, 1960, the petitioners, two Negro college students, took seats in a booth in the restaurant department at Eckerd’s and waited to be served. After they were seated, an employee of the store put up a chain with a no trespassing sign attached. Petitioners continued to sit quietly in the booth. The store manager then called the city police department and asked the police to come and remove petitioners. After the police arrived at the store the manager twice asked petitioners to leave. They did not do so. The Assistant Chief of Police then asked them to leave. When petitioner Bouie asked ‘For what?’ the Assistant Chief replied: ‘Because it’s a breach of the peace.’ Petitioners still refused to leave, and were then arrested. They were charged with breach of the peace in violation South Carolina statute.
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