Arrest for Trespass in Mall for store bought Peace T-Shirt

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Date: 2003

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Design Public Art


Artist: Stephen Downs

Confronting Bodies: Mall Security, and County Police, Guilderland, N.Y.

Date of Action: June 2, 2003

Location: Guilderland N.Y. Shopping Mall

Description of Artwork: T-Shirt reading "Peace on Earth, Give Peace a Chance"

The Incident: Stephen Downs, 61, and his son were asked by mall security guards to remove their peace-slogan shirts or leave. Downs' 31-year-old son, Roger, took off his shirt. But Downs refused. The guards called police, and he was charged with trespassing and pleaded innocent. The men had had the T-shirts made at a mall store and wore them while they shopped

Results of Incident: Hundreds of protesters marched through the mall on June 4th wearing peace t-shirts. In the court hearing Stephen Downs had plead not guilty to the charge of trespassing. The Mall later dropped all charges.

Source: NCAC: Associated Press