Justice Department report castigates Puerto Rico police for unlawful beating of peaceful protesters

A Justice Department report says Puerto Rican police have routinely cracked the heads of reporters and  people in nonviolent demonstrators, in serious violation of their First Amendment rights to peaceful protest.

In protests by students and workers against higher university fees and government layoffs, police used pepper spray and choke holds along with batons to assault  bystanders and journalists. -db

From The New York Times, September 8, 2011, by Charlie Savage and Lizette Alvarez.

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