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Short Update: New York protesters jailed in crowded conditions without COVID-19 protections

FT Admin - June 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions

Across the country, protesters, journalists and occasionally bystanders have been arrested in large groups – often for breaking curfews, blocking traffic, failure to disperse, or other minor offenses. Many were detained for hours in crowded cells with no masks or hand sanitizer and no way to socially distance. Police have reportedly torn masks off some protesters when they were arrested, and many police officers seen at protests have not been wearing masks themselves. 

Given the serious risks to public health of detaining people in crowded cells, efforts should be directed at releasing as many prisoners as possible, and police should only consider custodial arrests when strictly necessary.  

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