It’s hard to avoid the fact that police have recently been generalized for causing the very criminal activity they are tasked with preventing. And that generalization certainly rubs some people the wrong way. But those people should keep in mind that African Americans have been generalized the same way for hundreds of years — and it makes far less sense to judge someone based on the color of their skin than it does to judge them based on their own chosen profession.
Police are acting out with violence against protesters, the vast majority of whom have been completely peaceful. That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact. There have been literally hundreds of cases documented with video over the past two weeks alone. Hundreds of arrests have followed lawful activity. This is incomprehensible for the leaders of the free world — and we won’t tolerate it.
Have you been charged with a crime while present at a nationwide protest? We want to hear your story. While we understand that many protesters also stand accused of civil disobedience, not everyone is guilty of it. You have the right to legal representation when accused of a crime, whether you are guilty or not. Find yourself a qualified criminal defense attorney to discuss the details of your case.
There are alternative options available as well.
The LAPD is currently under civil suit for its arrest of over 2,600 peaceful protesters. Many of those arrested were detained for long periods of time in cramped buses without proper access to bathrooms or even medical care for injuries sustained — and all this during a pandemic. The suit also alleges that the Los Angeles Police Department is guilty of using excessive force to arrest many of these individuals.
BLM-LA said that “the LAPD used force to terminate the protests, including the indiscriminate use of ‘less lethal’ weapons that caused injury.”