During protests against police brutality, police are deploying...police brutality.
In Austin, District Attorney Margaret Moore is encouraging her constituents to report incidents of police brutality.
"There have been many graphic photos which appear to depict peaceful protesters being attacked by officers," Moore said, urging demonstrators to report such incidents. "If you feel your rights have been violated by a police officer, please file an official complaint with the Office of Police Oversight (OPO) in order to initiate a formal investigation. The OPO provides impartial oversight of the Austin Police Department and its officers." The FBI is following suit.
The FBI is seeking information and digital media depicting individuals inciting violence during First Amendment pro… https://t.co/zdA1OD75Vv— FBI (@FBI)1591048058.0
As protests continue, it's difficult to keep track of what's going on. What's clear is that despite the media's focus on "looters" and incidents of random violence, police continue to act with stunning violence against the people they are supposed to protect and serve.
This comes as no surprise to protestors who are already out protesting police brutality. Who knows how many of these incidents occurred away from video? Who knows how many killings like George Floyd's occurred without being filmed in the decades that police have been allowed to shoot and kill at innocent people without fear of culpability?
More than half of the board of the Minneapolis police union has been involved in police shootings, said its preside… https://t.co/BJYRXs021V— Ryan Grim (@Ryan Grim)1591134571.0
Undoubtedly there are cops that do not condone these actions and that support Black lives, and yes, there are some police officers who have been injured. But people who only care about injured police—and not at all about the innocent people that the police injure—may want to reexamine their morals and the unconscious biases that may be informing this.
The violence inherent in policing cannot be denied. The fact that these incidents continue to occur across the nation is telling, at the very least—telling about the systemic violence that haunts America's police system and that manifests itself in real bloodshed.
These videos are proof that the police have a serious and deadly problem, and at best they will be catalysts for complete and total reform of the American policing system.
Opinion: America's Protests Won't Stop Until Police Brutality Does — New York Times
Please note that many of these videos contain violent, disturbing imagery.
1. NYPD recording of calls to shoot and run over protestors surfaces.
NYPD Scanner Broadcasts Calls to Shoot, Run Over Protesters https://t.co/v24V5keZzm— TMZ (@TMZ)1591132322.0
2. Kansas City police use excessive force against protestors.
What @kcpolice did today was UNFORGIVABLE and UNFORGETTABLE https://t.co/WSmVqeSfIE— photo guru in training📸 (@photo guru in training📸)1590987887.0
3. Cops shove a photographer into fire.
So Trump is just going to pretend that it's not the cops making everything violent?? #DictatorTrump https://t.co/XQHTksSsfH— 𝓴𝓪𝓮𝓹𝓳𝓪𝓷𝓰⁷ (@𝓴𝓪𝓮𝓹𝓳𝓪𝓷𝓰⁷)1591064683.0
4. An officer drives a van into a crowd in Brooklyn.
Wtf!!! #BlacklivesMaters #brooklynprotest https://t.co/S1oet8JC0x— Pierre G. (@Pierre G.)1590883994.0
5. An NYPD officer pulls down someone's mask to pepper spray him.
6. A photographer is shot with rubber bullets.
WCCO Veteran Photographer Struck By Rubber Bullet, Arrested By State Patrol www.youtube.com
7. Atlanta police officers are charged with excessive force for arresting two Black college students.
8. Officers fire rubber bullets at peaceful protestors in LA.
9. Police assault a Wall Street Journal reporter.
10. Police tase someone sitting in their car.
APD use Taser to get driver out of car www.youtube.com
6 Atlanta police officers involved in a violent tasing incident have been charged. https://t.co/nG1F5n6wxD— Vox (@Vox)1591135206.0
11. Police fire rubber bullets at a reporter.
12. Police shove a girl to the ground and continue to pepper spray her.
@ryangrim This frame tho. Cop shoves the girl to the ground then doses her, point blank. Real coward shit https://t.co/ezJtOMFRBC— Degenerate Django⌖ (@Degenerate Django⌖)1590866565.0
13. Police beat a pregnant woman.
14. Police use tear gas on a group of protestors putting their hands up.
Philadelphia Protest 06/01/20 - Highway www.youtube.com
15. Police mace a seven-year-old girl in Seattle.
16. Police handcuff a family asking for protection.
Moments before they were handcuffed after trying to get the attention of the police, the woman described why it was… https://t.co/kAZcYY8WwR— Arash Markazi (@Arash Markazi)1591063167.0
17. Police shoot paint canisters at people sitting on a porch.
18. Police use tear gas on protestors in Washington D.C.
This was a peaceful protest. And they are using tear gas. In the United States. In front of the White House.— Jackie Kucinich (@Jackie Kucinich)1591051493.0
19. Police send flash-bangs and helicopters to disperse a protest in DC.
Helicopter Disperses DC Protesters www.youtube.com
20. A SWAT team shoves and knocks down an old man with a cane.
Team coverage: SWAT responds to protest in Downtown Salt Lake City www.youtube.com
21. Police attack peaceful protestors in Virginia.
#RICHMOND #VIRGINIA peaceful protest attacked. https://t.co/saxfBeDkAn— JUST ADD HAND SANITIZER (@JUST ADD HAND SANITIZER)1591066368.0
22. Police tear gas crowds of protestors in California.
Who is this serving? Who is this protecting? https://t.co/IK8DkwLLUT— jordan (@jordan)1590891580.0
Since the narrative continues to focus on the looters and the violent rioters, here’s a little thread of police usi… https://t.co/oiJAFzgFbH— wait for something better (@wait for something better)1591131940.0
I imposed a curfew at 7pm. A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on… https://t.co/gBNnXVArlq— Muriel Bowser (@Muriel Bowser)1591058439.0
A protester knelt down to tell police he loves and respects them. They threw him in jail. https://t.co/bGBVl2kGde— CBS News (@CBS News)1591134272.0
These are not the only incidents. These are not the worst incidents. This is why people are in the streets.