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Anti-Bush protesters had notified the police in advance about their plans for a "multigenerational" and peaceful protest. About two hours after they began to gather, however, the Secret Service, purportedly in the interest of security, ordered state and local police to clear the street of anti-Bush protesters and move the gathering two blocks away.
They complained that pro-Bush demonstrators and other guests at the inn were meanwhile not forced to move or to undergo security screening.
In the new location far from the president's cottage, police allegedly divided the anti-Bush group and encircled its members, preventing them from leaving. Protesters say the police eventually pushed, clubbed and shot pepper spray at them.
Source: Courthouse News
With more detailed claims, the appellate panel denied qualified immunity to agents Tim Wood and Rob Savage in April 2012.
The Supreme Court granted Wood and Savage's petition for certiorari late Tuesday without comment, as is its custom.
Wood and Savage want the court to resolve two questions. The first asks "whether the Court of Appeals erred in denying qualified immunity to Secret Service agents protecting the president by evaluating the claim of viewpoint discrimination at a high level of generality and concluding that pro-and anti-Bush demonstrators needed to be positioned an equal distance from the president while he was dining on the outdoor patio and then while he was travelling by motorcade."
Should Secret Service Agents enjoy legal immunity?