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Baltimore Policing Protest

Those demands include ending Baltimore’s use of armored vehicles and refraining from use of riot gear unless extreme circumstances warrant, the AP said. A group spokesperson told the AP that protesters also want police to make wearing badges and name tags a matter of policy.

A handful of protesters remained at the building as of early Thursday morning, according to a Baltimore Sun reporter. The group leading the protest has called for a rally in front of City Hall early Thursday morning.

Via Grasswire.

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