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Short Update: Aggressive policing in US will result in the spread of COVID-19

FT Admin - June 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, Rule of Law

In the US, aggressive policing tactics deployed against Black Lives Matter and justice protestors over the last few weeks will result in the spread of COVID-19.

Police have been using liberally toxic weapons such as pepper spray and tear gas – weapons designed to incapacitate people, making them cough, cry, pull off masks, and weakening the body’s immune responses. These forced reactions will spread any COVID-19 droplets very aggressively, and people cannot avoid touching their face when they are exposed to tear gas. Police have even been caught on camera pulling off protestors masks to spray them in the face. 

Prolonged close contact with other protestors also becomes a concern when protests are confined to certain hours and certain areas of a town, or in small spaces. Many arrested protestors have been held on crowded buses and in crowded cells on arrest. 

Police have also been defying orders to wear masks, with city leaders saying they believe the decision is deliberate. 

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