Natasha Lennard: Welcome to the “Anarchist Jurisdiction” of New York — Where Cops Crush Every Tiny Protest

Bill Barr’s designation of Seattle, Portland, and New York is a cynical Trump reelection ploy — with potentially dangerous consequences.

Natasha Lennard, September 22, 2020

On Saturday night, the New York Police Department arrested nearly a third of a 300-person protest. Demonstrators had gathered in Times Square to call for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE. The protesters did no more than march and chant. They stayed on the sidewalk. Police outnumbered them 3 to 1. One demonstrator told CNN that officers “descended from all sides” and “started ripping people off of the sidewalk.” There were 86 arrests.

In the preceding days, small protest after small protest in New York had been crushed by overwhelming police force and aggressive arrests.

Such is the state of unchecked liberation in this, the “anarchist jurisdiction” of New York City.

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