The Justice Department gave the agency the temporary power “to enforce any federal crime committed as a result of the protests over the death of George Floyd.”
BuzzFeed NewsEXCLUSIVE: The DEA has been granted sweeping authority to “conduct covert surveillance” on people protesting over George Floyd’s death, a secret memo reveals
BuzzFeed NewsThree DEA sources told BuzzFeed News they’re troubled by the memo and see it as an example of the Justice Department potentially abusing its power in an attempt to smear the protests and crack down on protected First Amendment activity
"When we aren't asking people to destroy things in our name and people do it anyway, we know that this is something that's going to blow back on us," one black activist told BuzzFeed News.
BuzzFeed News"We asked people throughout the day, please do not deface property, please do not destroy stuff, because we're not asking you to do that."
Black activists and protesters are calling out white people who instigate violence