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:
38 attacks by car
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”