Democractic or Despotic? Police Violence against Protest Movements in the United States and Palestine Public Deposited
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In 2014, Palestinians in Gaza tweeted protesters in Ferguson advice on how to deal with tear gas. These Tweets gained worldwide attention. Black Americans, living in democratic America, were being tear-gassed just like Palestinians living under military occupation. Studies have focused on the interaction between protesters and police, the agents shooting the tear gas. Some have paid particular attention to police brutality, while others have focused on the actions of protestors. This paper focuses on the increasingly militarized tactics and tools police utilize in Palestine and the United States to control and contain protests. Through a comparative lens, this paper explores the ways in which the violence that results from the use of so-called "non-lethal" tools reveals a colonial mindset and reality that continues to the present.
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