Video shows Aurora, Colorado, police using pepper spray to break up an apparently peaceful protest Saturday over the death of Elijah McClain, who died after officers placed him in a chokehold. The protest began early in the day. As night began to fall, a group of violinists began to play in honor of McClain, who was a violinist. But officers told the remaining protesters that it was now an "illegal gathering." When they did not leave, the officers sprayed them with pepper spray.
I was one of the 153 signers and am a veteran of the Twitter wars. But even I was taken aback by the swift, virulent response.
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But buried beneath the bilious response to the Harper's joint statement is a worthwhile argument about freedom of association.
The city has passed a new payroll tax on large employers that is expected to raise over $200 million a year.