Texas Tribune: After a summer of unrest, Texas police are preparing for possible election night protests
October 29, 2020
After a summer of unrest protesting police brutality, law enforcement is preparing for the possibility of more public demonstrations after the November 3 General Election. Police departments say their prepared to handle protesters while civil rights activists say authorities should respect First Amendment rights.
From the article:
Howard Henderson, director of the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University, said police are right to prepare for potential unrest. But he stressed that law enforcement must balance public safety needs with protesters’ constitutional free speech rights.
“That’s the key: using the least amount of force possible and still allowing people to exercise their First Amendment right,” he said.
“More Americans than we’ve seen in a long time in this country have come out to protest in support of police reform,” Henderson added. “We’re at a turning point, we’re at a paradigm shift in this space.”