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Former Bard professor shot in head with munition during Portland protests

Jul 27, 2020 6:33 am
The Houston Chronicle reported that former Bard College professor Maureen Healy was shot with a "non-lethal" munition in the head last week by President Donald Trump’s unidentified police force in Portland, Oregon. The 52-year-old had a large wound above one eye from the incident. Protests in Portland have lasted for two months over the police murder of George Floyd, but lately have focused more on Trump's campaign plan to use federal troops to attack protesters. On July 22, Healy, who is now the chair of the history department at Lewis and Clark College, released a statement about her attack. She said that as a historian, "I am knowledgeable about the historical slide by which seemingly vibrant democracies succumbed to authoritarian rule. Militarized federal troops are shooting indiscriminately into crowds of ordinary people in our country. We are on that slide..... My government did this to me. My own government. I was not shot by a random person in the street. A federal law enforcement officer pulled a trigger that sent an impact munition into my head.... Police brutality against Black people is the real subject of these peaceful protests that have been happening in my city and across the country. What happened to me is nothing. It is nothing compared to what happens to Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement, mostly local police, every day. And that is why we have been marching. That is why I will continue to march." Meanwhile, in Hudson, artists completed the "Black Lives Matter" street mural on Warren Street over the weekend. “It’s not your typical black lives matter mural because this is where you have actual artists able to showcase their skill and also their voice” local artist Chiarra Hughes said.. “It’s really cool because back a long time ago we used to be treated differently because of our skin color and now we are fighting for justice.” The Village of Catskill did not allow a similar project, announcing an unanimous vote that took place in email sometime between June 24 and June 30. Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley has called it a vote several times at village meetings and online, but has also said it was a decision. But he has not denied that the decision, and the board's public statement, were crafted out of the public's view. The Daily Mail newspaper released an editorial this weekend against that decision, and a subsequent vote to not allow any messages or displays in the village. "The suggestion that a Black Lives Matter banner or mural would open some kind of uncontrollable Pandora’s Box is laughable. The only violation of the First Amendment we see here is the one committed by the village board against the people who believe in the Black Lives Matter movement," the newspaper's editors wrote.