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US: New York Police Planned Assault on Bronx Protesters

Trapping, Beatings in June Crackdown Reveal Abusive, Unaccountable System

Wednesday 30 September 2020


(New York, September 30, 2020) – New York City police planned the assault and mass arrests of peaceful protesters in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx on June 4, 2020, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The crackdown, led by the department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, was among the most aggressive police responses to protests across the United States following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and could cost New York City taxpayers several million dollars in misconduct complaints and lawsuits.

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