Anyone who still doubts that there is a serious police brutality problem in this country need only take a cursory glance through the mountains of footage to hit Twitter over the past few days to see the grim truth of the matter.
For close to a week now, Americans have been gathering in cities across the country to protest the broad daylight murder of George Floyd by law enforcement, and all too often these protestors been met with horrifying displays of state violence. The police have been regularly tear-gassing and beating them, firing rubber bullets that shred through flesh and have even taken to ramming people with vehicles.
President Trump has contributed to this dangerous atmosphere by urging police to “dominate” the streets and has shown no interest in deescalating the situation or listening to the reasonable demands of the protestors. Each day that the White House fails to demonstrate proper leadership, more disturbing clips of police behavior emerge.
Greg Doucette, an attorney and #NeverTrump conservative, has been compiling a running Twitter thread of police videos from the protests. Scrolling through it gives but a glimpse at the heinous actions being carried out by cops in America right now, but what an unsettling glimpse it is.
One of the videos in Doucette’s thread is particularly shocking. It shows a Black man being interviewed by a camera crew with his hands held above his head, peacefully and civilly comporting himself.
While the man is in the middle of explaining who he is a squad of police officers, wielding batons and accompanied by dogs, swarm him and tackle him to the ground. The cameraman is forced to flee to the side to avoid getting knocked over.
The clip isn’t as horrifically violent as some we’ve seen, but it does demonstrate the fact that these cops simply don’t care if cameras are rolling. They think they can do whatever they want with impunity. It’s high past time that ceased to be the case.
As more and more videos like this emerge, Occupy Democrats will endeavor to share and amplify them, so that readers will have an unvarnished look at what is really going on in their country right now.
2️⃣3️⃣1️⃣: Buffalo, NY: police arrest a man *while he’s being interviewed by the press* *with his hands in the air*
— T. Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) June 4, 2020
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