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Black Lives Matter protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful, our research finds

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    I think this is extremely important research to counterbalance the popular narrative pushed by Republicans and the police that BLM protests are violent and are somehow turning our cities into...

    Here is what we have found based on the 7,305 events we’ve collected. The overall levels of violence and property destruction were low, and most of the violence that did take place was, in fact, directed against the BLM protesters.

    In short, our data suggest that 96.3% of events involved no property damage or police injuries, and in 97.7% of events, no injuries were reported among participants, bystanders or police.

    These figures should correct the narrative that the protests were overtaken by rioting and vandalism or violence. Such claims are false. Incidents in which there was protester violence or property destruction should be regarded as exceptional – and not representative of the uprising as a whole. In many instances, police reportedly began or escalated the violence, but some observers nevertheless blame the protesters.

    Given that protesters were objecting to extrajudicial police killings of Black citizens, protesters displayed an extraordinary level of nonviolent discipline, particularly for a campaign involving hundreds of documented incidents of apparent police brutality.

    I think this is extremely important research to counterbalance the popular narrative pushed by Republicans and the police that BLM protests are violent and are somehow turning our cities into warzones. BLM protests are peaceful and the violence has been overwhelmingly pushed by alright groups like the Proud Boys or cops themselves. I heard many refrains of "cop riots" last year by those on the ground at these protests where police were purposefully escalating tensions at protests with needless antagonism, tear gas, flash bangs, and kettling practices.

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