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On Saturday, two demonstrators were detained in the National Portrait Gallery. The Metropolitan Police Department officers who detained them told them that they were banned from setting foot on Smithsonian Institution property for life.
Read the barring notices issued by MPD below.
MPD issued barring notices to D.C. residents Mike Blasenstein and Mike Iavacone. Read them here (PDF).
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“If you return to this location, you may be subject to criminal prosecution for UNLAWFUL ENTRY,” Blasenstein’s barring notice reads. However, the barring notice for Iavacone specifies that he is banned merely from entering the location for 12 months.
Listed as the location in question: “Smithsonian Museums, Smithsonian American Art Museum.” (The National Portrait Gallery shares the Old Patent Office building with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.)
Smithsonian Institution spokesperson Linda St. Thomas conveyed that this barring clearly referred to NPG/SAAM, the museums that share that building. She further noted, “Smithsonian security staff have no way to enforce citations.”