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Police brutality in Texas

Austin protesters clash with police in the wake of Garrett Foster's death

Saturday marked another night of demonstrations against police brutality in Austin, but tensions were heightened because of last week's shooting death of Garrett Foster, a 28-year-old protester, by a man who has not been charged.

Armed protesters guard the memorial to Garrett Foster, who was shot and killed during a protest against police brutality i...

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Throughout the summer, cities in Texas and around the country have seen protests and demonstrations against police brutality. On Saturday, protesters and law enforcement clashed in Austin, a week after protester Garrett Foster, who was openly carrying an AK-47 rifle — which is legal in Texas — was shot and killed by Daniel Perry, a U.S. Army sergeant, when he approached his car. Perry drove away, then called the police. Perry was released without being charged. Since then, questions have been raised about who was the aggressor.

Foster’s death fueled tensions Saturday night in the downtown streets of the state capital as demonstrators again gathered and local and state police turned out in massive force. Tribune photographer Jordan Vonderhaar was there to document the protest. Here’s what he saw.

State Police in riot gear form a line along Congress Ave. and advance towards protesters to remove them from the street du...
Armed protest sympathizers ride in the back of a pickup truck from a rally on the University of Texas campus to a memorial...
A man with a sniper rifle slung over his shoulder stands among protesters who have gathered at the Garrett Foster memorial...
A protester confronts police in riot gear in downtown Austin on August 1, 2020.
Mounted officers from the Austin Police Department clash with protesters on the corner of Fourth St. and Congress Ave. in ...
Mounted officers from APD ride towards protesters on the corner of Fourth St. and S. Congress Ave in downtown Austin on Au...
Heavily armed state police in downtown Austin on Aug. 1, 2020.
State police in riot gear block protesters from gathering in the street in downtown Austin on Aug. 1, 2020.
A protester armed with a baseball bat kneels in the street with fist upraised as protesters clashed with police in downtow...
Members of the far right ‘Proud boys’ militia stood across S. Congress Ave from the Garret Foster memorial in downtown Aus...
A woman in zip-tie handcuffs waits to be loaded onto a bus after being arrested during protests against police brutality i...
Police load arrested protesters into a Travis County Sheriff’s Department bus. Several protestors were arrested after clas...
A police officer sprays a protester with pepper spray as demonstrators clash with police in riot gear in downtown Austin o...
Protesters clash with police in riot gear in downtown Austin on August 1, 2020.

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