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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/16/anti-fascist-protesters-antifa-police-doxing-twitter-mugshots

 

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Michelle Higgins was protesting a high-profile police killing in St Louis when the officers grabbed her.

 

The activist’s arrest for “failure to disperse” on 15 September 2017 wasn’t the only punishment she faced for marching. When she was released a day later, she learned that the police department had posted her name, age and address on Twitter, alongside 32 others arrested during the chaotic demonstrations sparked by the acquittal of an officer.

 

Most of the arrests did not result in charges, but the damage was done. It’s a law enforcement tactic that activists say has become increasingly common: police arrest protesters en masse, publicly shame them on social media, and then drop the cases.

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In St Louis, the circumstances surrounding the initial arrests were also questionable. Groups were taken into custody while police were “kettling” protesters, said the city counselor Julian Bush, referring to the practice of police surrounding protesters and then arresting them for failure to disperse.

 

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