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Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide

Washington State Police using tear gas in Seattle.
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The ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd were caught up in violence again on Saturday, as police all over the country tear-gassed protesters, drove vehicles through crowds, opened fire with nonlethal rounds on journalists or people on their own property, and in at least one instance, pushed over an elderly man who was walking away with a cane. Here are some of the ways law enforcement officers escalated the national unrest.

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For more Slate coverage of George Floyd’s death and the nationwide protests, listen to What Next, or read more:

• Joel Anderson: “The Police Don’t Change
• Dahlia Lithwick: “America Gasps for Air
• Julia Craven: “This Week Has Happened Before
• Lili Loofbourow: “How the Pandemic May Have Readied Us for This Protest
• Steven W. Thrasher: “Destroying a Police Precinct Is a Reasonable Response to Unreasonable Killings


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