The First Amendment gives Americans the right to assemble peacefully and air their views. And the FBI “respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights,” as stated in its press release published on the 1st of June.
But in the wake of Mr. George Floyd’s death, on many occasions, peaceful protesters have been met by disproportionately brute force. And when the FBI asked to share digital evidence of violent individuals, people responded with countless examples showing police officers using hostile force.
It’s not the first time that the FBI has put out a nationwide call for pictures and videos that could help to identify people “actively instigating violence.” The strategy has been used during melees that followed Lakers victories in downtown Los Angeles and others cities like Baltimore.
GetNaturalMedicine spoke to the front-line protester Kiki who shared the first-person account of what happened during the protests from Friday to Sunday. “I packed up a grandma cart with Gatorade, water, snacks, and hand sanitizer and took it out to the White House/Lafayette square to hand out to protesters.”
Kiki also said that “these protests have been VERY peaceful during the day. What I have witnessed was very diverse groups of protesters (all ages, races, backgrounds) who were passionate, loud, and angry, but peaceful.”
On Monday, she was handing out supplies to a bunch of peaceful protesters. “They were all very appreciative of the support they were getting from the community and I was honestly moved by how many people stopped and said a sincere ‘thank you’ to me when really I wanted to thank them for continuing to exercise their right to protest.”