Cops Nationwide Become Violent Against People Protesting for Abortion Rights

Cops Nationwide Become Violent Against People Protesting for Abortion Rights

Protesters clashed with cops in Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix.

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New York Police Department officers arrest an abortion rights activist in New York, on June 24, 2022.
New York Police Department officers arrest an abortion rights activist in New York, on June 24, 2022.
Photo: Alex Kent / AFP (Getty Images)

Americans took to the streets over the weekend to demonstrate against the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to repeal Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 decision that protected a woman’s right to have an abortion. But the protesters were met with violent resistance by cops in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and Greenville, South Carolina—perhaps because there wasn’t an active school shooting for the police to stand outside of for an hour, as they recently did in Uvalde, Texas, when 19 children and two teachers were slaughtered.

Americans were tear-gassed in Arizona, assaulted in South Carolina, punched in Rhode Island, arrested in New York, and shoved to the ground in Los Angeles.

It’s a worn-out question at this point, but what would you say if you saw this happening in another country? When the police regularly assault unarmed people for demonstrating in the name of abortion rights, something seems very, very wrong. Contrast what happens during abortion-rights protests with the consideration shown during right-wing ones

Click through for more photos from protests over this past weekend.

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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Police shove an unarmed  abortion rights demonstrators after the overturning of Roe vs.  Wade in downtown Los Angeles, on June 24, 2022.
Police shove an unarmed abortion rights demonstrators after the overturning of Roe vs. Wade in downtown Los Angeles, on June 24, 2022.
Photo: Frederic J. Brown / AFP (Getty Images)
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Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Police in riot gear surround the Arizona Capitol on June 24, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Police in riot gear surround the Arizona Capitol on June 24, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo: Ross D. Franklin (AP)
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Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

LAPD officers hold back activists as they attempted to walk onto the  110 freeway to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 25, 2022  in Los Angeles, California
LAPD officers hold back activists as they attempted to walk onto the 110 freeway to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, California
Photo: Qian Weizhong/VCG (Getty Images)
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Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Abortion rights demonstrators march through the streets to protest the  Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health case on  June 24, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan
Abortion rights demonstrators march through the streets to protest the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health case on June 24, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan
Photo: Emily Elconin (Getty Images)
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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

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New York

New York

NYPD officers arrest several abortion rights activists in New York, on June 24, 2022.
NYPD officers arrest several abortion rights activists in New York, on June 24, 2022.
Photo: Alex Kent / AFP (Getty Images)
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Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

People gather to protest against the the Supreme Court’s decision in the  Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health case on June 24, 2022 in Raleigh, North  Carolina
People gather to protest against the the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health case on June 24, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina
Photo: Allison Joyce (Getty Images)
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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

 Activists protest along Broadway over the 110 freeway as LAPD blocks  the freeway access in Los  Angeles on Friday, June 24, 2022.
Activists protest along Broadway over the 110 freeway as LAPD blocks the freeway access in Los Angeles on Friday, June 24, 2022.
Photo: Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News (Getty Images)
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Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Aly Smith (C) marches along Fremont Street Experience as abortion rights  activists protest after the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade by the US  Supreme Court, in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 24, 2022.
Aly Smith (C) marches along Fremont Street Experience as abortion rights activists protest after the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade by the US Supreme Court, in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 24, 2022.
Photo: Ronda Churchill / AFP (Getty Images)
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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Police Department officers push with activists as they  attempt to walk onto the 110 Freeway at Broadway as they protest the  U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in Los Angeles, on  Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Los Angeles Police Department officers push with activists as they attempt to walk onto the 110 Freeway at Broadway as they protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in Los Angeles, on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Photo: Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register (AP)
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New York

New York

Several protestors arrested at 42nd St and 6th Ave. during protest  against the the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s  Health case on June 24, 2022 in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
Several protestors arrested at 42nd St and 6th Ave. during protest against the the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health case on June 24, 2022 in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
Photo: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2022 (AP)
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Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to abortion-rights activists  in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court announced a ruling  in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case on June 24, 2022  in Washington, DC.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to abortion-rights activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court announced a ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Photo: Nathan Howard (Getty Images)
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