Rashida Tlaib slams University of Michigan police for destroying ‘peaceful’ encampment

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) slammed university police officers for their handling of campus protests, specifically naming those at the University of Michigan for destroying a “peaceful” encampment.

Tlaib, a vocal supporter of Palestinians amid the war in Gaza, spoke Thursday at a press conference in Washington, where she argued that police were being too harsh on student protesters. Encampments have appeared on college campuses across the country since last month, some of which have turned violent and destroyed property.

“This week at the University of Michigan, police violently destroyed the peaceful, most beautiful encampment, interfaith students’ encampment,” Tlaib said. “They sprayed them with chemicals, brutalized them. Many were hospitalized for exercising their First Amendment right and saying, ‘We are tired of supporting war.’”

The Michigan congresswoman added that she was “so
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