U.S. coppers 3X more likely to use force on leftwing demonstrators


Marcio José Sánchez/AP
Cop pepper sprays kneeling, non-violent demonstrator

Police in the United States are three times more likely to use force against leftwing protesters than rightwing protesters, according to new data from a non-profit that monitors political violence around the world.

In the past 10 months, US law enforcement agencies have used teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and beatings at a much higher percentage at Black Lives Matter demonstrations than at pro-Trump or other rightwing protests.

Law enforcement officers were also more likely to use force against leftwing demonstrators, whether the protests remained peaceful or not.

The statistics, based on law enforcement responses to more than 13,000 protests across the United States since April 2020, show a clear disparity in how agencies have responded to the historic wave of Black Lives Matter protests against police violence, compared with demonstrations organized by Trump supporters.

Numbers don’t lie. The source is the U.S. Crisis Monitor. RTFA. You can do the same thing THE GUARDIAN did. Sort the data. Do the math.

I don’t need to duplicate what a lifetime of demonstrating against racism, injustice, bigotry and bombs dropped on civilians has taught me.

One thought on “U.S. coppers 3X more likely to use force on leftwing demonstrators

  1. Amendment 14 says:

    “Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter activists clashed in a Florida suburb. Only one side was charged : Florida’s protest bill raises concerns about unequal treatment” https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/proud-boys-and-black-lives-matter-activists-clashed-in-a-florida-suburb-only-one-side-was-charged/
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and other GOP leaders are pushing for a sweeping state bill to crack down on disruptive protests, creating new classes of crimes that include up to 15-years in jail if police declare that nine or more people have participated in a riot.
    Similar legislation has proliferated through statehouses around the country in recent years in response to racial justice demonstrations. At least 28 states considered bills that created new or harsher penalties for protesters last year, according to the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, a global organization focused on laws affecting civic freedom.

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