Chaos in the streets

I was attempting to write another news round up about current events and recent occurrences as US deaths from COVID19 tops 100,000 and world wide cases tops 5 million. But every time I attempted to wrap it up another development made it hard to write a conclusion.

Three recent deaths of black people caused by police have so galvanized people that protests have spilled into the streets. The most recent death of George Floyd was also the most brazen, with a cop videoed putting a knee in Floyd’s neck after he was restrained and begging for breath, while onlookers demanded the officer stop. It has caused thousands of people across the country to stand in protest against police brutality.

And how do the police react? With unprecedented brutality, as if to ask Americans how we would dare stand up to them and their authority.

Here are a series of examples of police brutalizing people in the street; protestors, reporters and bystanders, for no reason other than their own entitlement to violence.

Police advance on demonstrators who are protesting the killing of George Floyd on Saturday in Minneapolis. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Cops firing projectiles at citizens legally standing on their porch:

Cop displaying how excited he is to rough-up protestor.

Same cop shooting something at guy for saying “fuck you”:

Cops breaking and stealing supplies for peaceful protestors:


Cops shoving an old man with a cane to the ground:

Police actively seeking out fights compilation:

Cop driving at people aggressively on a campus:

Cop shooting rubber bullets at people watching from apartment balcony:

Police shooting the press with pepper balls unprovoked:

Police arresting a CNN reporter live on air unprovoked:

Police doing a drive-by pepper spraying unprovoked:

Photographer being pepper sprayed unprovoked:

Guy with hands in the air gets his mask ripped off and pepper sprayed unprovoked:

Lady who was coming home with groceries shot in the face with rubber bullet:

News reporter blinded by rubber bullets:

Reporter describes getting tear gassed:

Couple getting yanked out of their car and tased live on air:

Woman shoved to ground by officer and induces seizure:

Reporter sheltering in gas station is pepper sprayed:

Reporter trying to get home gets window shot out:

Cops come at a guy for filming a police car burning:

Photographer arrested:

Columbus police assaulting protestors:

Congresswoman sprayed with pepper spray during protest:

7 protesters fired on with rubber bullets:

Cops pepper spraying a group of protestors without provocation

Young child allegedly pepper sprayed:

Mounted police tramples young woman with his horse:

Cop pushes protestor with his bike

Reuters reporters detail being shot at with rubber bullets:

I don’t know what else to say. If there are looters or property damage it almost seems to be a by product of this callous disregard for human rights, rather than the cause of the police’s violent suppression.

In the movies like Contagion, where people are living through a pandemic dystopia, there’s always looters and riots because law and order break down. But you never expect for the police to be the ones killing citizens in the street just for protesting against the police’s desire to kill citizens in the street.


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