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Over the past week, thousands have gathered in D.C. and cities across the country to protest the racist violence and police brutality that ended the lives of Minnesota resident George Floyd and too many other black people in America. The right to peaceably assemble is guaranteed in the First Amendment next to the freedom of the press, and we stand in solidarity with those demanding justice. Using chemical weapons and excessive force to remove people from public spaces, either for a photo opportunity or to enforce a curfew, is abhorrent and should not be tolerated. Our statement on the cover bears repeating here: Black lives matter.
If you’re looking for ways to get involved, groups to support, or black-owned businesses to patronize, we recommend the following resources:
—The Editorial Staff of Washington City Paper