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Des Moines Police Last Night Must be Held Accountable

Below is a statement that can be attributed to Rita Bettis Austen, ACLU of Iowa Legal Director.

It is regarding excessive force used on protestors in Des Moines last night, after the Des Moines City Council voted to approve reforms on police bias:

June 23, 2020