An overview of cases brought against the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies following the deployment of federal officers to the Portland protests.
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There are a few answers, but a lot more questions.
In the weeks following protests over the police killing of George Floyd, the federal government brought more than 120 different cases against protestors for a range of crimes—many concerning relatively minor offenses.
Protests against police brutality and coronavirus lockdowns have gripped the U.S. in recent weeks. Examining both protests simultaneously provides an opportunity to better understand the nature of violence.
Most governments consider tear gas a weapon of war yet routinely use it against their own populations during periods of internal unrest. The history is complicated.
During protests in Washington, D.C., a conspiracy theory spread on Twitter that the federal government had cut off communications within and from the city. Twitter users could have been warned.
Why Were Out-of-State National Guard Units in Washington, D.C.? The Justice Department’s Troubling Explanation
Either the Justice Department’s legal reasoning is wrong, or it’s right—in which case Congress should close the loophole immediately.
National Guard troops and federal law enforcement were deployed across the nation’s capital without the consent of the city—a reminder of the unique relationship between Washington, D.C., and the federal government.
On June 2, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force charged three alleged members of the “Boogaloo” movement—a far-right anti-government extremist group—with conspiracy to cause destruction during recent protests in Las Vegas.