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A crowd of protestors gather at the south gate of the capitol on May 31, 2020
Police brutality in Texas

Texas put hundreds of hours into finding and arresting police brutality protesters. Lawyers call it a “witch hunt."

Two days of unruly protests at the Texas Capitol in May left graffiti on the historic building and cuts and bruises on state police officers. Since then, the Texas Department of Public Safety has spent the summer naming and arresting suspects, the majority of whom are accused of misdemeanors.

A Texas DPS trooper guards a section of the capitol gates during a protest on May 31, 2020.
A protester attempts to break the windshield of a state trooper vehicle with a skateboard during a protest at the capitol.  May 31, 2020.
A protester sprays a DPS officer with a red liquid during the George Floyd protest at the state capitol on May 31, 2020.
A DPS is pushed to the ground by a group of protesters during the George Floyd protest at the capitol on May 31, 2020.
A large gathering of protestors at the south gates of the capitol on May 31, 2020.

Multiple arrests 

Hundreds of protesters met at the Austin Police Headquaerters in downtown Austin and proceeded to take over both sides of Interstate 35. The protest followed the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN and Mike Ramos in Austin, both by police officers.

A political fight

“It is only because of our DPS force ... that came to the aid and rescue of the brave officers at APD that Austin didn’t turn into a potential Seattle or Portland,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a press conference on Aug. 18.

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