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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando Police Department’s use of Tear Gas


Florida, like the rest of the country, is currently in the grip of twin exigencies: the pandemic and the protest movement. But as demonstrators assemble, risking their health to call for necessary changes in our nation’s law enforcement, police are using tear gas and pepper spray to dispel them — an incredibly dangerous decision in the middle of a respiratory disease epidemic. Orlando police deployed tear gas on large crowds twice last week. OPD Chief Orlando Rolón says this was because protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers, and he promises there will be a use-of-force review. Tear gas is banned in international warfare, yet it is classified as a “riot control agent” that law enforcement can use for crowd …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: George Floyd’s murder and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words about protests and civil unrest


A Martin Luther King Jr. quote has made the rounds this week, as civil unrest erupted in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder-by-cop last Monday: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” But we do ourselves a disservice by reading this line, nodding, and stopping there. Dr. King continued, “What is it that America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity.” For centuries, white America has failed to hear, valuing “tranquility” over Black “justice, equality, and humanity.” These protests aren’t just about Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while three …
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