Army sides with Colorado National Guard officer reprimanded for attending Black Lives Matter protests

KUNC: The Army has reversed a reprimand a Colorado National Guard officer received after attending a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020. Capt. Alan Kennedy, a “white ally” to the movement, wore civilian clothing as he filmed police tear gassing crowds in Denver. Later, he wrote op-eds about his experiences and was disciplined by commanders.

In a letter dated Jan. 3, 2022, the Army Suitability Evaluation Board sided with Kennedy and ordered that the reprimand and associated disciplinary documents, which can be a barrier to career advancement, be removed from his records.

“It shouldn’t take a year and a half, but this is a tremendous victory for the First Amendment and the right to protest and the right to write op-eds,” Kennedy told KUNC Wednesday.

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