The following email was sent out by ColorOfChange.org and re-posted here. This incident and the charges brought against the protester are demonstrative of the reality of the America we are increasingly living in, one in which dissent and opposition to war and violence are criminalized and met with violence and brutality.
Freedom of speech is becoming even more of a crime under Trump’s reign. This weekend during an anti-Syrian war protest, a Trump supporter antagonized peaceful protesters, storming the speakers’ platform and physically assaulting them to start a fight. Instead of helping, four police officers tackled and brutalized the action organizer Connell Crooms, one of a few Black protesters present, and hit him so hard they knocked out his hearing aid. Bystander video footage shows officers beating him while he flailed helplessly and handcuffed on the…
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