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US News Freeze UK sales of riot gear to US police amid protest violence, says Thornberry

00:10  03 june  2020
00:10  03 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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US police have violated the constitution with arrests and violence against reporters covering the anti- police -brutality demonstrations, a The statement came after local and international media outlets reported that their journalists have been attacked during the protest rallies and the ensuing chaos.

Amid swelling protests marred by violence and looting, President Trump threatened to deploy the U . S . military. Police officers in several cities were injured by gunfire Across the United States , the police arrested hundreds of people, and scores of protesters and officers reported being injured in clashes.

a man riding on the back of smoke: Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters angry about the death of George Floyd. (Ben Gray/PA) © Ben Gray Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters angry about the death of George Floyd. (Ben Gray/PA)

Shadow trade secretary Emily Thornberry has said it would be a “disgrace” if the UK supplied equipment to US authorities to crush protests against police brutality.

In a letter to Liz Truss, her government counterpart, the Labour MP called on the Government to suspend all licences that allow British companies to sell riot control kit to American police forces.

Photos: Protests over George Floyd's death (Photos)

  Freeze UK sales of riot gear to US police amid protest violence, says Thornberry © Tom Brenner/Reuters

“I’m sure you will agree that, at a time when Donald Trump is gearing up to use the US military to crush the legitimate protests taking place across America over the murder of black civilians, it would be a disgrace for the UK to supply him with the arms and equipment he will use to do so,” she wrote.

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Emily Thornberry posing for the camera: Emily Thornberry (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by PA Media Emily Thornberry (Danny Lawson/PA)

US police have faced criticism for the way they have dealt with the unrest, using batons, tear gas and shields against unarmed civilians.

The protests erupted when George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after an officer refused to lift his knee from Mr Floyd’s neck, despite protests that he could not breathe.

Prosecutors have charged the officer, Derek Chauvin, with third-degree murder and manslaughter, while three other officers have been fired.

Police have clashed with protesters for several days. On Monday, a largely peaceful crowd in front of the White House was dispersed with tear gas so Mr Trump could pose with a bible at a nearby church.

British businesses wanting to export arms need a Government licence.

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Violence has broken out again in the US as protests continue across the country over the killing of an unarmed black man by police in the state on Minnesota on Monday. George Floyd died in police custody while an officer kneeled on his neck to pin him down.

A protester stands amid tear gas during a protest in Atlanta against the death of George Floyd. It has also energised many outside the US to refocus on the injustices faced by ethnic minorities. The above video shows the car accelerating through lines of riot police as they quickly disperse.

The Department for International Trade has issued a licence to an unnamed company to sell a range of crowd control items to US police and military buyers.

They include CS hand grenades, anti-riot guns and projectiles, and tear gas capsules.

“If there is a risk that any of these riot control projectiles and equipment are being used in the United States against peaceful, unarmed civilians, then the Government must act immediately to stop their export,” Ms Thornberry said.

She asked Ms Truss to “publish a comprehensive list of all current export licences to the USA of riot control projectiles and equipment, along with all available end-user data to clarify who has purchased these items and for what declared purpose within the last five years”.

Ms Thornberry also said the Government should “suspend all existing licences and halt the issue of any new licences for the export of riot control projectiles and equipment to the United States until you have determined whether any of these items are being used in response to the ongoing protests, or risk being used in the coming days if the US military is deployed as part of that response”.

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A protester stands amid tear gas during a protest in Atlanta against the death of George Floyd. It has also energised many outside the US to refocus on the injustices faced by ethnic minorities. The above video shows the car accelerating through lines of riot police as they quickly disperse.

“Given the evidence emerging from numerous US cities, there’s a very real risk of UK -manufactured tear gas or rubber bullets being used against George Floyd protesters in dangerous and highly inappropriate ways - something that ministers need to respond to.

She added: “Our alliance is above all based on the values we share with the American people, that is all the more reason why we must not supply arms and equipment that Donald Trump is willing to use to attack his own people, in total contravention of those values.”

The call from the Labour frontbencher echoes calls on Monday from human rights group Amnesty International.

Amnesty spokesman Oliver Feeley-Sprague said: “After the shocking images of the police and National Guard using excessive force against Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis, the UK should immediately freeze all policing and security equipment export licences to the US where there’s a clear risk of further misuse – something the UK is obliged to do under its own laws.

“Given the evidence emerging from numerous US cities, there’s a very real risk of UK-manufactured tear gas or rubber bullets being used against George Floyd protesters in dangerous and highly inappropriate ways – something that ministers need to respond to.

“Ministers should be making detailed, case-by-case assessments of any requests for equipment from individual US police forces – withholding exports from any that have clearly acted irresponsibly during the current crisis.

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Hundreds of police in riot gear swarmed the area, threatening to arrest anyone, including media, who ventured onto the streets. In Columbia, South Carolina, a television reporter for local station WIS-TV was injured by rocks thrown on Saturday amid protests outside the Columbia Police Department.

A protester stands amid tear gas during a protest in Atlanta against the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s brother implored the protesters to remain peaceful, insisting his late brother would not have wanted to see destruction taking place in his name.

“The UK has a dreadful track record of looking the other way when UK arms and security equipment is misused overseas, even, in some cases, seeking to justify such misuse. Now is the time to start changing that.”

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The parquet floor of Marseille decided to seize the IGPN after having received a report for suspicions of police violence during the demonstration on Saturday, precisely against this violence © Daniel Cole / AP / SIPA The IGPN was seized on suspicion of police violence on the sidelines of the demonstration in Marseille against this violence.

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