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.

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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: https://streamable.com/u2jzoo

Cop displaying how excited he is to rough-up protestor. https://v.redd.it/jjclrdzp8x151

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

https://v.redd.it/zepg0b43ly151

Cops breaking and stealing supplies for peaceful protestors:

https://v.redd.it/v8x8isj0xz151

NYPD DRIVING INTO protestors:

https://v.redd.it/mztm15kh00251 https://gfycat.com/misguidedrecklesscod

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

https://v.redd.it/bluggpblrz151

Police actively seeking out fights compilation:

https://v.redd.it/m82yxl4qh0251

Cop driving at people aggressively on a campus:

https://v.redd.it/ngxvkoro60251

Cop shooting rubber bullets at people watching from apartment balcony:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Sarah_Mojarad/status/1266633046591078400?s=09

Police shooting the press with pepper balls unprovoked:

https://v.redd.it/o3v8ps7rat151

Police arresting a CNN reporter live on air unprovoked:

https://v.redd.it/yce9bpk8mo151

Police doing a drive-by pepper spraying unprovoked:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1266193926316228609

Photographer being pepper sprayed unprovoked:

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

https://v.redd.it/wlx0gyoe21251

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

https://mobile.twitter.com/KevinRKrause/status/1266898396339675137

News reporter blinded by rubber bullets:

https://mobile.twitter.com/KillerMartinis/status/1266618525600399361?s=19

Reporter describes getting tear gassed:

https://mobile.twitter.com/mollyhf/status/1266911382613692422

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

https://mobile.twitter.com/GAFollowers/status/1266919104574865410?s=19

Woman shoved to ground by officer and induces seizure:

https://mobile.twitter.com/whitney_hu/status/1266540710188195843?s=20

Reporter sheltering in gas station is pepper sprayed: https://twitter.com/MichaelAdams317

Reporter trying to get home gets window shot out: https://twitter.com/JaredGoyette/status/1266961243476299778

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

Photographer arrested:

Columbus police assaulting protestors:

Congresswoman sprayed with pepper spray during protest:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/30/politics/joyce-beatty-ohio-pepper-sprayed-columbus-protest/index.html

7 protesters fired on with rubber bullets:

https://v.redd.it/tal1ncha4o151

Cops pepper spraying a group of protestors without provocation https://v.redd.it/0dxnkso0a1251

Young child allegedly pepper sprayed:

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/video-shows-milk-poured-over-face-of-child-pepper-sprayed-in-seattle-protest

Mounted police tramples young woman with his horse:

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/05/30/watch-video-captures-moment-police-horse-tramples-woman-during-houston-rally/

Cop pushes protestor with his bike

Reuters reporters detail being shot at with rubber bullets:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-minneapolis-police-protest-update/reuters-cameraman-hit-by-rubber-bullets-as-police-disperse-protesters-idUSKBN237050

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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