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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.