Thursday’s Tense But Peaceful Protest at the Austin Police Department

Thursday’s Tense But Peaceful Protest at the Austin Police Department

peaceful-protesting-austin-texas-june-04At 6 p.m. on Thursday, police officers lined up along the front steps of the Austin Police Department headquarters. Their faces were clearly visible: they stood near a bin of helmets, but weren’t wearing riot gear like they had during protests in the days before. They were surrounded by barricades, and a sea of protesters. Organizers had scheduled Thursday’s demonstration specifically to confront the department over its behavior at the week’s protests over racial injustice and the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Michael Ramos in Austin, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. Last weekend, Austin police in riot gear fired projectiles into a crowd, maiming many and fracturing the skull of 20-year old Justin Howell, an undergraduate at Texas State University who now is…View Original Post

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