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“Up to 25 percent of the National Sheriffs’ Association leadership is aligned with the movement, according to a 2019 assessment by Political Research Associates. And sitting on the NSA’s board of directors is commander of the S.C. State Guard, Sheriff Leon Lott, who used his authority to charge protesters with violent crimes, alleging that the George Floyd demonstrations were “infiltrated by violent gangs, outside agitators and others who planned to burn down” the city, the Charleston Post-Courier reports.”

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