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The Many Things In My Toy Box ….my view may change due to verifiable evidence

New: Data shows right-wing vigilantes & paramilitaries have confronted or attacked anti-racist protesters about 500 times since cops killed George Floyd in May. This includes at least:

64 assaults
38 attacks by car
9 shootings
3 deaths


The data, collected by @areidross, a doctoral fellow at the @C4ARR, includes 387 incidents of intimidation, such as vigilantes appearing at protests and using racial slurs, making threats, brandishing guns…

“There just isn’t anything else to compare it to,” @areidross said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”

Ross said the data includes abt 2 dozen instances of cops supporting or collaborating with right-wing vigilantes & paramilitaries.

A report from @BrennanCenter's Mike German also details extensive ties between cops & fascists

“In a time when the effort to defund police is getting some salience, the police are behaving in such a way as to justify that argument” German told @SamTLevin

.@nick_w_estes talked to me about the history of white vigilantes in the U.S.

The story also includes this handy guide to the far-right paramilitaries that have been confronting protesters this summer, courtesy @PRAEyesRight

“We need to seriously reconsider the permissiveness with which we are allowing armed paramilitaries to roam the streets of our nation’s towns & cities," @VetAnthropology said. “There’s nothing normal about this. We don’t want to be living in a war zone”

Originally tweeted by Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) on August 28, 2020.

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