The Military Trained Him in Iraq. Now, as a Protester, He’s Watching Police Use Similar Tactics.

The Military Trained Him in Iraq. Now, as a Protester, He’s Watching Police Use Similar Tactics.

military veteran JohnsonEvery afternoon for the past eleven days, Taye Johnson has followed the same routine. The 38-year old dons a pair of old-school running shoes, a baseball cap, and some cargo shorts, and tucks a pair of goggles and several bottles of Gatorade into his pockets. Then he heads to Austin police headquarters, where he’ll remain for the next eight or nine hours. Once there, Johnson, who is black, slips through the crowd of demonstrators, until he finds himself face-to-face with the rows of police officers standing guard, often in riot gear. Sometimes Johnson talks one-on-one with officers; other times he joins those yelling chants at them. He says that ever since he was a teen, he has been harassed by abusive police officers—pulled over for…View Original Post

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