Five people were arrested in New Orleans Monday night during a protest at the Jefferson Davis Memorial monument. The statue is one of several in the city scheduled to be removed under the direction of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and has caused heated debate throughout not just the city, but the entire nation, as major news networks have been covering the story. Of the five arrested four face charges for disturbing the peace while a fifth is being charged with possession of marijuana. While these are the only charges currently filed, there is debate about the legality of another man who was reportedly holding an assault rifle at the protest while standing close to the Morris Jeff Community School in Mid-City. Such an act would potentially violate laws that forbid firearms within 1,000 feet of a school. The night was filled with confusion as both protestors and counter-protestors voiced their opinions as police were on duty, and eventually ordered the dispersal of the crowd. Such an environment can clearly give rise to heated emotions, and so any who choose to attend such a free speech event are encouraged to keep a level head and avoid the use of drugs or alcohol which may promote aggressive or irrational behavior. If you do choose to attend a free speech event and find yourself in legal trouble, then Bloom Legal is available to help. Call 504-599-9997 for a free consultation with a skilled defense attorney who will be ready to guide you through your next steps.