‘Cop City’: civil rights groups urge US to investigate surveillance of protesters

August 3, 2023
The Guardian

...The organizations draw attention to the dozens of environmental protesters arrested and charged with domestic terrorism in a letter to the department director, Alejandro Mayorkas. The charges have caused outrage among many observers who accuse Georgia law enforcement of a heavy-handed crackdown on the protest movement.

The ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Brennan Center for Justice and Center for Constitutional Rights signed the letter to the DHS, which underlines the “dangers of … vague, overbroad, and stigmatizing terms like ‘domestic violent extremist’ and ‘militant’ to describe individuals who may be engaged in protected First Amendment activity”. ...

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