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Police Are Three Times More Likely to Use Force Against the Left, Data Shows

My general take on this question, which is completely unscientific and based merely on observation, is that police are more likely to use violence against the Left than the Right at demonstrations, although the Left is also more likely to engage in violence. However, left-wing violence tends to be more minor league (like simple assaults and petty vandalism) while right-wing violence, when it occurs, tends to be the real deal, like actual murders.

By Sharon Zhang, Truthout

Police in the United States are more likely to use force against left-wing protesters than they are against right-wing protesters, according to new data analyzed by The Guardian, corroborating observations repeatedly made by the left.

The data is based on over 13,000 protests since April of last year and was gathered by researchers for the U.S. Crisis Monitor project. “Force” in the data includes use of tactics like tear gas and rubber bullets.

The Guardian’s analysis showed that police used force at 4.7 percent of left-wing protests versus 1.4 percent of right-wing protests — 511 left-wing protests and 33 right-wing. When looking at protests that didn’t involve looting or vandalism, the disparity grew: Police were about 3.5 times more likely to use force at left-wing protests than right-wing protests, 1.8 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.

The report also found that police were more than doubly likely to intervene or break up a left-wing protest than a right-wing one, using tactics like arrests. A similar analysis of the same data by FiveThirtyEight found the same thing.

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