Report Condemns LAPD’s Mishandling of BLM Protests; Kentucky Tries to Make “Taunting” a Cop a Crime

Los Angeles Police Department illegal detention of peaceful protesters and the officers’ excessive use of force was denounced. Photo: courtesy of Democracy Now!

In California, a new report is denouncing the Los Angeles Police Department’s violent mishandling of racial justice protests last summer, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.

The report, commissioned by the City Council, cites LAPD’s illegal detention of peaceful protesters and the officers’ excessive use of force, including assaulting protesters with rubber bullets, bean bags and batons.

Meanwhile, Kentucky’s state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would make it a crime to taunt a police officer. The legislation follows huge protests for Black lives in the wake of the police killing of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old African American EMT shot in her Louisville home. Saturday marks the first anniversary of her killing.

 

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