Amnesty International Calls on Congress to Investigate Trump's Abuses of Authority at Protests

June 4, 2020

This week, Amnesty International USA called on Senate committees to urgently investigate the lawless and abusive crackdown on Black Lives Matter protesters this week in Washington, D.C. We are horrified that the orders to unjustifiably deploy tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters reportedly came directly from Attorney General William Barr, ostensibly at the behest of President Trump. If left unchecked, this abuse of power at the very highest levels of the U.S. government will send a chilling signal to authorities across the nation that they can continue to unleash brutal, unwarranted force against protesters.

Read our letters to the Committees here:

  • Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Letter to Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Letter to Senate Natural Resources Committee