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USA: Losing the Peace: U.S. Police failures to protect protesters from violence

Index Number: AMR 51/3238/2020

Law enforcement agencies across the USA are failing to facilitate people’s fundamental right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and to protect protesters and counter-protesters from violent disruption by armed groups, among others.

From May to September 2020, Amnesty International has documented and verified violent confrontations between protests and counter-protests in approximately 75% of all US states, and in about half of all US states it confirmed cases of police forces failing to keep assemblies peaceful and to protect participants from violent confrontations with counter-protesters.

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