he Des Moines police, showing up in riot gear and aggressively responding escalated tensions. Tear gas and pepper spray were used when they weren’t called for. It was also the false depictions, by the police, of what was going on that was reported in the media.
State Police also banned individuals who were protest leaders, from the grounds of the State Capitol, in clear violations of constitutional rights.
Some people on the panel felt that police were intentionally bringing multiple, and more severe charges against protestors, in order to try to deplete Des Moines Mutual Aid’s Bail Fund. Ronnie has told me the bail fund has paid the bail for every protestor in central Iowa.jeffkisling Defending Protestors | Quakers, social justice and revolution