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The Movement for Black Lives conference in Cleveland, Ohio turned violent on Sunday as police did what they seemingly do best: brutalize Black people.

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Human Rights organization The Dream Defenders tweeted out the incident to their followers:

And more details soon followed, including video of the incident:

 

The Cleveland Police Department (@CLEpolice), have not made a statement, but the Movement for Black Lives Twitter page  (@mvmt4bl) updated supporters:

 

Read more about the Movement for Black Lives below:

Hundreds of Black freedom fighters from around the country will come together for the inaugural Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, OH, from Friday July 24 to Sunday July 26th, 2015.

This historic event comes at a pivotal time for the growing movement for Black lives in the United States. Black people are facing unabated police violence, increasing criminalization, a failed economic system, a broken education system and the loss of our communities to gentrification and development. Our trans and queer communities face the increased risk of physical and economic violence. The list of indignities regularly faced by the Black community is long and untenable.

Many have taken to the streets in response to this ongoing state of emergency. During the past year, Black people from across the country have led a wave of resistance that has spread around the world. A new crop of freedom fighters has emerged and urgent desire for Black victory has been rekindled in the hearts of seasoned activists.

Now, after months of intense action, our people need space to begin the creation of a collective mission that matches the intensity, scale, urgency, and promise of the moment. This convening presents an opportunity for us to reflect on our histories of struggle, build a sense of fellowship that transcends geographical boundaries and begin to heal from the many traumas we face.

Click here for more information on #M4BL.

This story is developing…

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#M4BL: Cleveland Police Pepper Sprays Crowd At Movement For Black Lives Conference  was originally published on newsone.com

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