Protesters have been teargassed by cops in 96 cities in recent weeks

This is astonishing:

“At least 99 law enforcement agencies — many in large cities — used some form of tear gas against civilians protesting police brutality and racism in recent weeks, according to an analysis by The New York Times. This brief period has seen the most widespread domestic use of tear gas against demonstrators since the long years of unrest in the late 1960s and early ’70s, according to Stuart Schrader of Johns Hopkins University, who studies race and policing.

“Thousands and thousands of utterly ordinary people who thought they were going to an ordinary protest event are finding themselves receiving a really aggressive police response,” he said. “That itself is a bit horrifying. The police have actually succeeded in making people more angry.”

What other conclusion can you reach besides this one: The rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution were ignored by the State and trampled upon.

Last time I checked, our Constitution didn’t say it was OK for police departments to attack demonstrations asking for redress of grievances. The use of teargas on crowds is not an acceptable response to democracy in action. Not allowed just because you’re wearing a blue uniform.

6 thoughts on “Protesters have been teargassed by cops in 96 cities in recent weeks

  1. Jr. Birdman says:

    “USAF inspector general investigating Air National Guard for using surveillance aircraft to monitor protesters”
    “Air Force Investigates Military Planes That Monitored Protesters : The Air Force inspector general is examining whether secretive National Guard surveillance aircraft improperly monitored demonstrators in Washington and Minneapolis.”
    “The Air Force’s action comes days after the Pentagon’s top intelligence policy official told Congress that the nation’s military intelligence agencies did not spy on American protesters during the wave of nationwide demonstrations.”
    “…On the morning of June 2, hours after National Guard helicopters harassed crowds of protesters in Washington, National Guard officials informed their commanders that the West Virginia Air National Guard had sent a RC-26B to help observe the protests with “FMV capabilities” — or full-motion video — according to a message seen by The New York Times.
    According to one military official familiar with the situation, senior National Guard leaders in Washington could watch the footage recorded from the aircraft on their cellphones in real time.
    This most likely meant that the RC-26B, a twin-engine aircraft outfitted for electronic surveillance, would circle overhead and beam footage to the F.B.I. command center near the Chinatown area of Washington.
    “Why ANG RC-26s Were Spotted Over D.C., Vegas During Civil Unrest”
    A second RC-26 that was tracked over Las Vegas on June 2 by John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, but reportedly its presence there was apparently unrelated to civil disturbances in Nevada.
    According to ANG spokesperson Lt. Col. Devin Robinson “The RC-26, which was operating in/around Las Vegas, Nev., from 2-4 Jun was from the New Mexico Air National Guard, and provided pre-planned, National Guard Counterdrug Program support.”

  2. Samizdat says:

    ESTANCIA, N.M. – The migrants were on a days-long hunger strike when guards entered their prison dormitory in full riot gear —gas masks, shields and canisters of pepper spray. The officers corralled the two dozen or so inmates into a huddled mass. Two men fell to their knees, begging them not to attack.
    “Suddenly, they just started gassing us,” said Yandy Bacallao, a 34-year-old asylum seeker from Cuba. “You could just hear everyone screaming for help.”
    At least one person collapsed. Others shouted for air. Bacallao tried to grab a shirt from his bed to put over the mouth of a man who was struggling to breathe. “The officer sprayed me directly on my face and on my body, and I ran,” Bacallao said. “I felt like I was going to drown.”
    The May 14 “attack,” in the words of Bacallao and other migrants, took place at Torrance County Detention Facility, a sprawling complex located about an hour southeast of Albuquerque. Set off from the desert scrub by a tall chain-link fence draped in rolls of razor wire, it is run by CoreCivic, a private prison company, and mostly houses migrants under the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    CoreCivic spokesperson Ryan Gustin confirmed the incident and said, in a written statement, that guards “responded to a protest” and used pepper spray “on a group of detainees who became disruptive by refusing to comply with verbal directives provided by staff.”
    “…“I left running away from communism, from the communist system in Cuba, because I didn’t want to be arrested,” Bacallao said. “And when I come here to the United States, to the freest country in the world, the first thing they do is imprison me.”

  3. Debriefing says:

    (ProPublica 7/16/20): “We Reviewed Police Tactics Seen in Nearly 400 Protest Videos. Here’s What We Found.
    “We asked experts to watch videos showing officers using tear gas, pepper balls and explosives on protesters. Police actions often escalated confrontations.
    …Law enforcement experts stressed that viral protest videos, while visceral, only show a moment in time and may miss what officers were facing outside of the frame. To account for that, ProPublica excluded from its analysis any videos that purported to show the aftermath of brutality but failed to capture police actions or context on tape.”
    Cities and states across the US announce police reform following demands for change

  4. Footnote says:

    “The long history of chemical weapons in civilian law enforcement : How the military brought tear gas from World War I battlefields to U.S. law enforcement”
    Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology: 1935 “Chemical Warfare Munitions for Law Enforcement Agencies”
    “The Battle of Blair Mountain was the largest labor uprising in United States history and the largest armed uprising since the American Civil War. The conflict occurred in Logan County, West Virginia, as part of the Coal Wars, a series of early-20th-century labor disputes in Appalachia. Up to 100 people were killed, and many more arrested.
    …Private planes were hired to drop homemade bombs on the miners. A combination of poison gas and explosive bombs left over from World War I were dropped in several locations near the towns of Jeffery, Sharples and Blair.”

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