‘Blue Lives Matter’ laws criminalize dissent

New bills under consideration in Southern states would make it illegal to film or taunt police officers

Seattle police officers attempt to push protestors back with riot shields at Cal Anderson Park on July 2, 2020 (Justin Ward)

Last summer, at the height of the protests over the murder of George Floyd, a teenage protester in Everett, Washington was arrested on assault charges. His crime? Dangling a donut on a wooden stick in front of…

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Justin Ward

Justin Ward

Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD