What Are The Legal Issues Around Police & Federal Agents Using Violence Against Protesters?
On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing police brutality against protesters and journalists. ProPublica has compiled nearly 70 videos showing police abusing their power. On the first Saturday after George Floyd was killed, The Washington Post reports that from May 28 to June 2, at least 12 people lost vision in one eye after being struck by police munitions.
On Wednesday, The Trump administration announced plans to pull militarized agents out of Portland after weeks of violence. Trump is now threatening to send federal agents to additional cities. What are the legal issues around police brutality?
Emerson Sykes, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Revolt, Gregory McKelvey:America, here’s the truth about Portland’s protests that the mainstream is hiding
The Guardian, Chris McGreal: Federal officers to pull out of Portland in a major reversal for Trump administration
The Washington Post, Matthew Tokson: The feds won’t face legal consequences for illegal arrests in Portland
The New York Times, Mihir Zaveri:N.Y.P.D.’s Use of Unmarked Van in Arrest Draws Parallels to Portland
ACLU, Emerson Sykes: Know Your Rights While Protesting Police Brutality