The supposed presence of â€œdrug trafficking organizationsâ€ at protests in the wake of George Floydâ€™s death justified the use of â€œescalated forceâ€ at the demonstrations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection claimed in a memo revealed Wednesday.
Thereâ€™s not any evidence to back up that claim in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News.
Nonetheless, at the top of an incident report dated Tuesday, the Homeland Security agency said that â€œdue to nefarious actors and drug trafficking organizations using these protests as faÃ§ades, there have been incidents where law enforcement (LE) officials have needed to respond with nonlethal and escalated force â€” incidents including the use of pepper spray, riot shields, and rubber bullets.â€
The claim came two days after the Justice Department signed off on a Drug Enforcement Administration plan to act as federal law enforcement at the protests outside of the agencyâ€™s usual narcotics activities.
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