Rev. Mahoney v. Capitol Police

Rev. Mahoney v. Capitol Police

The Dhillon Law Group Sues U.S. Capitol Police Board to Allow 9/11 Vigil

Washington D.C. —The Center for American Liberty, in-conjunction with Chavez-Ochoa Law Offices, Inc. and the Dhillon Law Group, Inc. (@dhillonlaw), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief today on behalf of Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney (@revmahoney), who seeks to hold a 9/11 vigil on the Western Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2021, but is prevented by defendants despite the removal of the fence in July and other events allowed to take place.

Rev. Mahoney is a nationally and internationally known human rights activists and ordained Presbyterian minister. Rev. Mahoney has been hosting prayer meetings, Bible readings, and worship services at this exact location for decades.

"It is antithetical to the Constitution for unelected government bureaucrats and others to exhibit unfettered discretion over who is allowed to assemble on Capitol Grounds and who may not,” said the CEO of the Center for American Liberty, Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban). “Denying a minister and faithful parishioners the ability to pray outside the U.S. Capitol in the memory of the 9/11 tragedy is unfathomable while Congresswoman Cori Bush and others are allowed to protest at the exact same location."

"The US Capitol Building must be a place where all Americans are afforded the right to come and peacefully celebrate and express their First Amendment Rights," said Rev. Mahoney. "Tragically, those rights and freedoms are being denied and prohibited."