#parent | #kids | Community defense lawyer says protesters should know their risk level.



Attorney Andrew Gordon has played a key role in mass protests sparked by police killings in Minnesota. He started organizing mass defense for demonstrators after Jamar Clark was shot and killed by Minneapolis police in 2015. His work continued through the movements that emerged in the wake of the killings of Philando Castille and George Floyd. 

Now he’s starting again. When Brooklyn Center police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright on April 11, Gordon felt pulled back to the familiar and emotionally draining work of helping those who will be arrested in demonstrations against police violence. 

Gordon is the deputy director of community legal services for the Legal Rights Center. The Jamaican immigrant spoke with Sahan Journal about how to protest safely, what law enforcement learned from the protests over the killing of George Floyd, and the way young demonstrators are dealing with trauma. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 



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