Texas ACLU criticizes the extensive law enforcement presence at George Floyd’s burial

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A man raises his hand in solidarity as George Floyd's coffin, whose death in Minneapolis police custody has sparked nationwide protests against racial inequality, enters the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in Pearland on June 9, 2020. Credit: Adrees Latif/REUTERS

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers, National Guard units and a specialized U.S. Border Patrol team, were dispatched to a Houston suburb during the funeral for George Floyd, the man whose death in police custody reenergized national outrage over the treatment of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

Documents obtained by the Texas American Civil Liberties Union show that local, state and federal law enforcement teams were on hand to quell any violence with teams that included 66 snipers and special agents of the Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit. That tactical team “provides an immediate response capability to emergent and high-risk incidents requiring specialized skills and tactics” according to Customs and Border Protection. The Texas Department of Public Safety also participated and was a part of the sniper teams, and the FBI was also on hand and used aircraft to monitor the event.