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Opinion: States are passing laws targeting peaceful protesters

April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In the past year, more than 90 anti-protest bills have been introduced in at least 36 states, and aimed specifically at protests with an anti-racist message led by Black and Indigenous communities, writes Vera Eidelman. The wave of laws represents legislators taking aim at one of Americans' fundamental rights.

(CNN)Over the last year, more than more than 90 anti-protest bills have been introduced in at least 36 states.

These bills were introduced after a summer of historic expression, in which millions of people joined together to condemn the killing of Black people by the police.

That message is only underscored by the many bills seeking to further criminalize protesting in the street.

Over the last year, civil rights organizations, including the ACLU, have had to bring dozens of cases to stop abusive policing at mass gatherings and protests -- including many Black Lives Matter protests -- and prosecutors around the country have dismissed charges brought against protesters by the thousands.

In other words, the last thing police officers need is more tools — in the form of anti-protest laws -- in their policing toolkit.

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