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Police across the USA respond to protests with violence

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  1. [4]
    asoftbird
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    Posted this comment in the other thread as well; it's pretty relevant to this. More info will be added; marked by edit tags. Edit: Just found this video of a police car driving by protesters and...
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    Posted this comment in the other thread as well; it's pretty relevant to this.

    More info will be added; marked by edit tags.

    Edit: Just found this video of a police car driving by protesters and randomly slamming the side door into a protester.


    (...) check out /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut/, plenty of [good] examples [of police brutality] there


    Regarding rubber bullets: they are rubber-coated bullets. It's a steel ball or cylinder coated in rubber. They are intended to be shot at the ground, so they bounce up and hit people in the legs/body. However, in the below videos/images they're also fired directly, at close range.
    Non-lethal is not the best term for them since they can most definitely be lethal or cause serious damage; as an example, one reporter lost her left eye(source below) to a rubber bullet fired directly at her face.
    I've also seen photos of other crowd control type rounds used, like beanbags and wood cylinders, which definitely do some damage if launched directly at you.


    A small recap of what l've seen on social media (videos, livestreams, protester's accounts):

    • Undercover cops mix into the protesting crowd(not very well) and vandalize buildings/set fires to bait other to do that as well; source1 source2; note bodycam and colored bands source3
    • Peaceful protests are disrupted by police suddenly starting to throw flashbangs / fire rubber bullets; in a lot of cases, violence is initiated by police. source1 source2
      source3
      source4; compilation video
    • Rubber bullets deliberately aimed at people's eyes/head. One journalist lost one of her eyes this way. This was also done in the protests in Chile where a lot of people lost their eyes. source; contains images of injuries
    • Police shooting at medics trying to help people & breaking up their camp; source
    • A lot of violence towards journalists and bystanders. Standing on the sidewalk is a crime. source1 source2 contains images of injuries
      A journalist's camera got shot; note that this is likely less than 1' away from his face. Imagine if they missed. Or maybe they did miss and they were aiming for his head, like many others?
      source3;
      source4; more journalists under fire
      source5; flashbangs lobbed at journalists walking away
    • Cops filmed smiling/laughing, enjoying what they are doing. One even made a white power gesture and laughed at it with his buddy cop. source1 source2 source3
    • The same person linked above later shot someone with a rubber bullet at fairly close range because they said "fuck you" to him source
    • Police running over people with their cars. source1; potentially disturbing source2; alternate angle, potentially disturbing Macing children. source Macing people who are walking away from them, their backs turned towards them. source Pulling down a black man's face mask and macing him in the face. source
    • A city(think it was LA) Seattle announcing a curfew beyond 5pm, announced just 14 minutes prior to the start of the curfew. Good luck getting home in that little time. source
    • Seattle PDs turn off their bodycams, block their ID numbers with black tape; source1 source2 source3
    • Marching through the streets with overwhelming numbers and shooting paint tracers at people standing in their own doorways looking at the situation outside. source1 Or, shooting at someone who was inside their house, looking through his window. source2 source3 Same for a reporter in his car. source4
    • Actor John Cusack tried filming a burning car but was attacked by cops with batons, hitting his bike. (Wonder if they would have hit his bike if he were black.) source.
    • Two people in a car got tasered while in their car, tires slashed and dragged out of their cars. On live TV. While just driving down the road (not clear if road was closed, curfew was active though). source

    And so on. US PDs are pulling a Hong Kong or a Chile with no regard for human life, acting like some delusional robocop fanboys with disproportionate force.


    It's odd how there's not more coverage on this here, there's this one post, 2 others and barely anything covering what l've mentioned above.

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    1. CALICO
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      Re: that bit, I hesitate to post individual events as posts because of our focus on high quality discussion. All of these events are part of a larger hyper-event, so high quality discussion would...

      It's odd how there's not more coverage on this here

      Re: that bit, I hesitate to post individual events as posts because of our focus on high quality discussion. All of these events are part of a larger hyper-event, so high quality discussion would be more difficult without immediately shifting focus onto the big picture. It would also be fractured among a bunch of posts.
      My 2 cents, your individual opinions may vary.

      Tag me as off-topic, cuz I am.

      10 votes
    2. Amarok
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      This is the kind of response from cops that's going to keep escalating this mess. The more videos of cops being power tipping tools we see, the more angry americans are going to get.

      This is the kind of response from cops that's going to keep escalating this mess. The more videos of cops being power tipping tools we see, the more angry americans are going to get.

      6 votes
    3. cfabbro
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      /r/PublicFreakout/ is also a good source of the latest "on-the-ground" video from the protests/riots, but is a lot less one-sided than /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut/

      /r/PublicFreakout/ is also a good source of the latest "on-the-ground" video from the protests/riots, but is a lot less one-sided than /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut/

      2 votes
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    MonkeyPants
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    Also Police targeted journalists covering the George Floyd protests
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    1. cfabbro
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      A video from a new angle showing the VICE journalist getting maced makes what happened so much clearer and look so much worse for the police:...

      A video from a new angle showing the VICE journalist getting maced makes what happened so much clearer and look so much worse for the police: https://old.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/gu7v51/alternate_angle_of_vice_news_reporter/

      The casual cruelty exhibited by the officer that walks by and sprays him directly in the face while he is already lying prone and fully compliant is infuriating.

      4 votes
  3. sron
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    A collection of tweets and videos of the police response to the protests including some of those against the media. Can barely believe it.

    A collection of tweets and videos of the police response to the protests including some of those against the media. Can barely believe it.

    2 votes
  4. solid_bogan
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    Definitely ACAB. This is disgusting.

    Definitely ACAB. This is disgusting.

    10 votes