These Frontline Workers Are Protecting Protestors at All Costs

For volunteer medics and legal observers, confronting police violence can come with mental and physical tolls

A protester who was maced by police receives medical attention during a demonstration in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images

“We shouldn’t be treated better than protesters, nobody should be subject to brutalization. But police think we’re leaders or organizers of the protests. It puts a target on us.”

Iman Sultan is a Pakistani-American journalist covering culture and politics. Her work explores identity and how communities shape politics.

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