Arizona police charged protesters as a "criminal street gang"
Police in Phoenix, Arizona called leaders of a peaceful protest in October 2020 "targets" while surveilling them with drones, cameras, and vehicles. ABC15 found that police and prosecutors collaborated to charge protesters as a "criminal street gang". Although the charges were later dropped, protest leaders said they had a chilling effect on later protests and caused them to change tactics.
Writer: Zach Crenshaw
Publication: ABC News