‘They Surrounded Me, Yanked My Arms Back, Handcuffed Me’

January 21, 2021
The Cut

...After a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol last week left five dead and dozens more injured, many have taken issue with the police response. Capitol Police didn’t aggressively confront protesters in the same way that we saw over the summer with Black Lives Matter protests, and many people felt that too few arrests were made during the turmoil (at least 13 on the day; the current total is at least 82). Arrest as a result of nonviolent civil disobedience is, ordinarily, considered a matter of course; the Center for Constitutional Rights warns would-be demonstrators of “almost certain arrest” and sentences that may include community service, jail time of up to six months, and fines up to $500. ...

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January 21, 2021