Law professor contextualizes current protests and the police response

Colorado Springs Independent: Nationally, scores of ongoing, mostly peaceful protests against police brutality and systemic racism were triggered by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, after his violent detention by Minneapolis police was captured on video.

Subsequent police reactions to protests have raised constitutional questions.

Officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters on several occasions, and protesters have argued some police actions were unprovoked — though Mayor John Suthers has said vandalism during the first nights of protests would cost the city tens of thousands of dollars.

Notably, one viral video from Saturday, May 30, appears to show multiple police officers hitting a man on the ground while he is being handcuffed and after. Police Chief Vince Niski has said that incident will be investigated by the department.

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