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As the George Floyd protests continue, let's be clear where the violence is coming from | Rebecca Solnit

Using damage to property as cover, US police have meted out shocking, indiscriminate brutality in the wake of the uprising
Police order motorists to the ground in South Washington Street, Minneapolis, on Sunday. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

The word “violence” is going to be used a lot to describe the events in US cities over the weekend and all this week. So it’s going to be important to be clear about who is violent and what violence is. Property destruction and harming human beings are profoundly different actions, and with a few exceptions (seemingly interlopers in the protests) virtually all the violence visited on human beings during this round of civil unrest across the US has been inflicted by police. 

This began with the death of in public in direct violation of what the says about chokeholds. He told officers he couldn’t breathe and begged for his life.

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