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Sun Jun 21, 2020, 06:42 PM

"When you see riot gear, it absolutely changes the mood," said Ron Moten, a longtime community organ

To be honest, if I saw these high powered guns on the police and I was demonstrating, I would probably walk away.







Injuries at protests draw scrutiny to use of police weaponry



https://apnews.com/0ab9d8f11bac5cd3b3ce1b2970213b88


By LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYStoday


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FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo a trooper stands outside the BOK Center where President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. In law enforcement, they’re referred to as “non-lethal” tools for crowd control: Rubber bullets. Pepper spray. Batons. Flash-bangs. But the now-familiar scenes of U.S. police officers in riot gear clashing with protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington and elsewhere around the country have police critics charging that the weaponry too often escalates tensions and hurts innocent people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — In law enforcement, they’re referred to as “nonlethal” tools for dealing with demonstrations that turn unruly: rubber bullets, pepper spray, batons, flash-bangs.

But the now-familiar scenes of U.S. police officers in riot gear clashing with protesters at Lafayette Park across from the White House and in other cities have police critics charging that the weaponry too often escalates tensions and hurts innocent people.

“When you see riot gear, it absolutely changes the mood,” said Ron Moten, a longtime community organizer in the nation’s capital who was out demonstrating this weekend. He said it takes away any perception the officers could be empathetic.


“If I went up to speak with a police officer and I’m covered in armor and holding a shield and a stick, don’t you think they would regard me as a threat?”



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“When we see riot gear, as black people it takes us back 400 years,” he said. ................................

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Sun Jun 21, 2020, 07:46 PM

1. you're right in all the demonstrations I have been a part of

when ever I have seen this, it just pisses me off

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Sun Jun 21, 2020, 10:19 PM

2. Not me. It would infuriate me. I did not run in the sixties and I will not run now.

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