Iowa police raid gay bar for providing first aid supplies to protestors

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06/05/2020

An LGBTQ venue was raided by police earlier this week for providing first aid for protestors. The Blazing Saddle, an LGBTQ bar in Des Moines, posted a video to Facebook showing around a dozen armed police officers raiding the bar late Monday night, the first day of Pride Month. Protests erupted all over the country last week after a video of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man dying in police custody surfaced. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of the victim, George Floyd, for eight minutes and 46 seconds, including three minutes after he stopped breathing. After days of protest, Chauvin and three other officers have been fired and charged. The Blazing Saddle, on Facebook, wrote that staff watched the local Black Lives Matter demonstration on television and saw that police officers were using tear gas against the protestors.

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