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Police brutality at the anti-police brutality protests: A video roundup

By David Futrelle

I‘ve run across so many videos of police misconduct and brutality aimed at George Floyd protesters, media, and even onlookers that I thought it might be helpful to gather them all in once place. Feel free to add more in the comments below and I can add them to the post.

Warning: Some of these videos are quite disturbing.

The casualness of the brutality in this first clip is striking. This is someone who has zero fear of ever being held accountable for his abuse.

Police initially said this man “tripped” and fell. Thankfully, he did not die from his head injuries but remains in the hospital in serious condition.

Protesters aren’t the only ones being assaulted by cops:

Here’s what that looked like from the point of view of the cameraman who got punched.

This is just a full-on police riot:

Make sure to watch this one until the end:

This tweet sums it all up:

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Robert
Robert
1 year ago

Alan Robertshaw – that’s an impressive display of solidarity.

Also quite* disturbing.

*American ‘quite’, not English ‘quite’.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 year ago

So, time for radical measures about police ?

At that level, every cop need to be replaced. And the structures themselves might need to be replaced wholesale.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

I tried to watch a few of these and just don’t have the spoons right now. Horrifying.

@Ohlmann
I feel like the best thing to do at this point might be get rid of police as an institution. There has to be a better system that doesn’t brutalize people this way.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ Robert

*American ‘quite’, not English ‘quite’.

Well, quite.

I note they’ve just refused to do that particular role. They haven’t actually resigned from the job as a whole or anything where they would no longer be paid. I’m not sure of the implications of that. If it’s a role you have to volunteered for, then presumably no consequences; but if it’s a potential part of their job description then arguably it’s something they could be sacked for under normal employment law. And if it amounts to industrial action then that might be a breach too.

Catalpa
Catalpa
1 year ago

And the structures themselves might need to be replaced wholesale.

There’s no “might” about it. The entire system of the police is a brutal, racist pile of shit and needs to be abolished.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 year ago

@Nagfljar : depend of where the cutoff for “police” is. We probably still need the concept of enforcing laws and the concept of protecting people that need protecting (note that it’s something the current police do mostly for privilegied people). We probably don’t need armed cops in any capacity however, and arguably the law enforcement may only do investigations launched by the initiation of a lawsuit, instead of actively trying to catch law breakers via patrols and random controls. (which is used currently basically to oppress minority)

In countries who aren’t the USA, I think the police should be much more under the control and scrutiny of the judges, for which they act as the arm. In the USA, let’s say the colorful stories I have heard about the judges don’t inspire much confidence to me.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 year ago

https://mobile.twitter.com/NotonW/status/1268679468308025345

Dunno how trustable this guy is. It seem possible to me, but not particulary likely to be true.

If it is true, then I feel really bad for the USA 🙁

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meanie
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meanie
1 year ago

Reading some of the commentary over what needs to change to make the police ‘better’ for their communities, would something like this work to make things safer for everyone?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2020/06/01/sir-robert-peel-never-came-to-america/

Like, if all police departments all over the planet were rebuilt with those ideals as their foundation, would it work to keep everyone safe from the armed bullies around them?

Doug Bell
1 year ago

This twitter thread is up to 311 videos of police brutality: https://twitter.com/greg_doucette/status/1269017349727928320

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ redsilkphoenix

One thing not mentioned in that article, maybe because it relates very much to British society and class, is the original police uniform.

Police wore the standard uniform of a footman (a type of servant).

This would have been very recognisable at the time. I’m not sure what the modern equivalent would be. But the uniform very much emphasised that police were public servants; quite literally.

Also, at a time when firearms were completely legal, police were the only class of people prohibited from carrying guns.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

Maybe sort of related; but it’s the 48th anniversary* of Angela Davis’ acquittal. Story here with some commentary on current events.

https://meaww.com/this-day-in-history-june-4-1972-african-american-activist-angela-davis-acquitted-killing-white-judge

(*depending on what time zone you’re in)

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Minneapolis City Council is now at least broaching the subject of abolishing the police. So that’s good.

In other news, it appears that Lindsay Graham is about to be outed by a bunch of sex workers he frequents.

Allandrel
Allandrel
1 year ago

A few of the things that I think are essential:

Prosecute the lawbreaking cops. Dismantle and replace entire departments with something new.

Demilitarize the police. Take away all those toys that they’ve been showered with since 9/11. If there actually IS a situation that genuinely calls for a tank, that’s something that should be at the state or federal level.

Police are called on to handle a LOT of things that their should be other, dedicated public servants for. How many welfare checks have resulted in the subject bring hurt or killed by police that were sent to help them?

Police performance being measured by metrics like arrests need to go. All those do is incentivize police to arrest people without cause.

End civil asset forfeiture. It literally turns police into highway robbers.

End the War On (Some) Drugs. It exists to feed the prison-industrial complex with slave labor.

Speaking of the prison-industrial complex, ending that will be a necessary part of reforming police. Especially for-profit prisons, which create a demand for convicts.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
1 year ago

@WWTH:

Where’s that coming from (re: Graham)? I haven’t seen it in any of my usual sources…

I’m always a bit uncomfortable at that sort of outing, as with outings of all sorts, but what the hell, it’s Lindsay Graham, bring it on. (Just without too many details, please, I don’t need to know whether his nethers resemble any sort of mushroom.)

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@WWTH
Do you have a link? Are the sex workers male or female? Somehow I’m not surprised by this development.

In general, I have no problem with people hiring sex workers so long as they do not harm the workers, but when someone is as hypocritical and bigoted as Lindsay Graham, I feel like that needs to be exposed.

Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
1 year ago

@Catalpa:

And the structures themselves might need to be replaced wholesale.

There’s no “might” about it. The entire system of the police is a brutal, racist pile of shit and needs to be abolished.

Also ableist. Many people with disabilities and mental illness (some POC, some not) have died or been seriously injured at the hands of these thugs. And that is what they are, thugs.

Cyborgette
Cyborgette
1 year ago

@Ohlmann

I’m glad they’re considering that possibility (supposedly). I hope they have been doing so since before Trump got elected.

There’s a lot of discussion in that Twitter thread about how the mechanisms of power transfer in the US are “automatic”, but at the end of the day that doesn’t matter, and people looking at the US need to understand that. Everything in this country falls back on violence. Cops are unaccountable because cops enforce the law, and therefore have the power to do so arbitrarily or not at all. The Secret Service is supposed to remove Trump if it comes to that… but what matters isn’t what they’re supposed to do, it’s how much they like him and are willing to wield their guns on his behalf. Etc. The facade of a social contract has been demolished. The only thing preventing a civil war right now is that Trump hasn’t given the word go. The minute he comes out and says it, the cops (and many in the military and Secret Service) will be ready to start massacres.

People outside the US need to understand this. Our country was built on slavery, genocide, and sadism. Those things are the reason we became a superpower, and now that the mask of sanity is being cast aside, y’all other countries need to be ready for literally anything from our leadership. You are not dealing with people who can be reasoned with – they will only respond to overwhelming displays of force, because that is unfortunately how everything works in this fucking disgusting broken country.

Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
1 year ago

@Cyborgette:

Exactly.

Moggie
Moggie
1 year ago

@Ohlmann:

Dunno how trustable this guy is. It seem possible to me, but not particulary likely to be true.

Why is it hard to believe? It’s the job of governments to plan for dangerous scenarios: war, pandemic, civil unrest, economic collapse etc. They’re frequently not good at it, particularly the British government nowadays, but it won’t have escaped their notice that Trump has made it clear he’ll cry foul if he loses. So the EU will need to figure out what to do if the US descends into fighting and economic free-fall, and it’d be better for them to plan now rather than in a panic five months from now.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Thread on Lindsay Graham.

https://twitter.com/SeanHardingXXX/status/1268672970265964547?s=20

Doesn’t specifically name him, but who else would a homophobic Republican senator with the initials LG be?

Moggie
Moggie
1 year ago

@WWTH:

In other news, it appears that Lindsay Graham is about to be outed by a bunch of sex workers he frequents.

Man, the 2020 writers are really throwing everything at the page. At this rate, I’m expecting alien contact by August.

If this is true, I hope it’s just the first instalment in a wave of kompromat against various figures.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
1 year ago

Looking at the Twitter thread and the comment about how gay escorts make bank whenever Republicans get together, I’d love to see a major news outlet present a report on how the sex worker community is looking forward to the Republican convention whenever its location is determined. Or maybe one about the sudden panic among sex workers in North Carolina who were counting on it to get them through the summer. The problem is that most people would assume it was from The Onion.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Moggie

At this rate, I’m expecting alien contact by August.

Or that it will be revealed that Trump was an alien the whole time. And also was Tyler Durden.

The real issue with kompromat like this is that no voters will care. The Republicans can handwave it away as “fake news” and not a single voter will be swayed. We are past the time where truth or any specific value mattered to them. It’s fun to gossip and speculate about, but Lindsay’s career is unlikely to be affected.

This is in some way reminding me of Jacob Wohl’s laughably bad attempt to frame Warren as having hired an escort, the difference being that this seems far more likely to be real.

Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
1 year ago

@Naglfar:

And also was Tyler Durden.

We’ll know this for sure when he starts yelling, “Yes, Marla can be a man’s name!!”

Allandrel
Allandrel
1 year ago

@Naglfar

The real issue with kompromat like this is that no voters will care. The Republicans can handwave it away as “fake news” and not a single voter will be swayed. We are past the time where truth or any specific value mattered to them. It’s fun to gossip and speculate about, but Lindsay’s career is unlikely to be affected.

There is something that matters very, very much to conservative voters: hurting Others. That’s why they’re so excited right now, and why they are coming out of the woodwork to praise police brutality.

Because that’s what I’ve seen. Oh, there’s lots of denial, and rationalizations, and such, but what I’m really seeing is praise.

They’re looking at all of these videos and cheering.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
1 year ago

WRT the Buffalo knocked-down guy, my dad reported smugly that the dude was a known community activist, and totally had it coming to him.

Like, that’s literally what he said. And my mom subsequently agreed.

This is what we’re up against.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Allandrel

There is something that matters very, very much to conservative voters: hurting Others.

Oh yes. They do have that value, sorry that I forgot to mention that. What I meant is that they probably won’t care about Lindsay because they’ll just handwave it off as fake news.

Dalillama
Dalillama
1 year ago

Unless he actually resigns or something, in which case he’ll always have been a traitor and a no-goodnik.

epitome of incomprehensibility

I’d love to see a major news outlet present a report on how the sex worker community is looking forward to the Republican convention whenever its location is determined.

@Rabid Rabbit – The Onion did a parody with a premise like this a few years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=simV1ZXFsxI

I fear that “serious” news would have trouble handling this without adding negative implications, like saying that all homophobes are secretly gay, or that being gay is an embarrassing thing, etc.

I don’t want to watch the videos today but I read some of the descriptions. People’s comments are changing my mind on the issue of police as an institution, which I never really thought about much before (chalk that up to white privilege as well as being in a markedly different field of work).

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 year ago

@Cyborgette and others : mostly, I am skeptikal because thoses plans being outed mean either the Europa is trying to send a message to Trump, or the preparations are becoming impossible to hide. And either of thoses options is a big “shit hit the fan” moment, and hint that they have insider informations pointing to it. So I default on skepticism, perhaps because I really, really don’t want a WW3.

Also, and perhaps more cynically, why wouldn’t most Europeans countries, who have been built just as much on violence and racism, ally with Heil Trumper ?

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Ohlmann
I think the reasons they haven’t allied with Trump is because he is highly unpredictable and hasn’t gotten along well with them in the past. Plus, as you mentioned, they would not benefit from a WWIII with nuclear weapons.

Lukas Xavier
Lukas Xavier
1 year ago

Moggie:

Man, the 2020 writers are really throwing everything at the page. At this rate, I’m expecting alien contact by August.

No, they’re saving the aliens to coincide with the law suits about the disputed election result. August is reserved for the hurricanes.

Who?
Who?
1 year ago

@Ohlmann:

I can confirm that “Der Spiegel” one of our most important weekly papers posted an article that speculated that way.

What should we do if the US becomes a dictatorship is somethink that has probably be in the mind of a lot of politicans. I don’t know how corrupt the Supreme Court is. (in the article it will give Trump power regardless what the voters vote)

Heil Trumper is probably the reason why at last some European countries are not that keen to work with Dictator Trump. (okay President Trump is allready a …) WW2 is not faded here. Never again is somethink that is not forgotten.

And racism is alive(mostly done much more suptile than Trump), open murder (in Germany killing someone because of racism is murder) is somethink that people are not as easy acepting.

An the police murdering people is at last in Germany not somethink that we think of when we hear police. 10-15 deads with weopons by police is normal for a year in the whole of Germany (includes cases where the police had no other coice.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

Well, our old friend One Angry Gamer has put together a list of “traitors” to America and it’s just as ridiculous as you would expect.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

@Naglfar:

The real issue with kompromat like this is that no voters will care. The Republicans can handwave it away as “fake news” and not a single voter will be swayed. We are past the time where truth or any specific value mattered to them. It’s fun to gossip and speculate about, but Lindsay’s career is unlikely to be affected.

Which makes you wonder what the Russians are holding over them. If this sort of thing won’t perturb their political careers even a little, then it has to be something that can actually get them in legal hot water. Dalliances with people who were under age, perhaps, or financial peccadilloes serious enough to warrant charges such as money laundering, fraud, and insider trading?

@PoM:

WRT the Buffalo knocked-down guy, my dad reported smugly that the dude was a known community activist, and totally had it coming to him.

So, now “being a community activist” is a crime now, and the penalty is corporal punishment? Summary corporal punishment, at that, with no trial, no defense, no due process of law?

Ask him that, and ask him how well this abrogation of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments sits with his so-called conservatism. 😛

@Ohlmann:

So I default on skepticism, perhaps because I really, really don’t want a WW3.

Last time the “pax” torch passed, from Pax Britannica to Pax Americana, the turbulent multi-polar interregnum period featured two of the bloody things. We’ll be lucky if the interregnum between Pax Americana and (most likely) Pax Sinensis features only one more. 🙁

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Surplus

Dalliances with people who were under age, perhaps, or financial peccadilloes serious enough to warrant charges such as money laundering, fraud, and insider trading?

Well, seeing as Trump has multiple women reporting being underage when he assaulted them, and there are currently sitting senators who faced no consequences for insider trading, I feel like even those are unlikely to bring everyone down. Really the only thing that would be likely to bring the party down would be if they started being good people, they’d rapidly lose support. And that just won’t happen.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
1 year ago

So, now “being a community activist” is a crime now, and the penalty is corporal punishment? Summary corporal punishment, at that, with no trial, no defense, no due process of law?

Apparently so!

Ask him that, and ask him how well this abrogation of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments sits with his so-called conservatism. 😛

I don’t want to get into that argument. I already know how it will go. He thinks Democrats are not real Americans and don’t deserve the protections that real Americans get. His worldview is very self-contained and is impervious to reason. It would just turn into a screaming match that led nowhere.

I’ve almost got him trained to not say shit like that around me, but sometimes it still slips out.

Moggie
Moggie
1 year ago

Well, that guy was assaulted by the cops, so he must have deserved it somehow. If you can’t immediately see how “he’s no angel”, that just means you haven’t searched hard enough. You might think that the cops didn’t know anything about him, but they have some kind of spidey sense which tells them when you’ve done something which merits a life-threatening injury.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
1 year ago

@Policy of Madness

He thinks Democrats are not real Americans and don’t deserve the protections that real Americans get.

Well, that’s convenient.

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meanie
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meanie
1 year ago

@Naglfar,

Is there someplace that mirrors that list anyplace? My old and elderly phone didn’t want to connect to whatever was on the other side of the captcha. Please and thank you.

@PoM,

What kind of community was this guy activating for? Better parks to play in, cleaner streets, trees on every street corner? Just wondering what he was doing that was so awful in your father’s eyes to deserve a cracked skull like that.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Redsilkphoenix
Not that I know of, sorry.

Prith kDar
Prith kDar
1 year ago

WRT the Buffalo knocked-down guy, my dad reported smugly that the dude was a known community activist, and totally had it coming to him.

If you look closely at the video, the reason he was approaching the cops was to return a police helmet he’d found. It’s in his left hand.

Here’s a spreadsheet of Doucette’s list. It’s also being archived on YouTube. It’s easier to cope with than trying to get Twitter to load properly, especially now that it’s over 430 entries.

Speaking of Twitter behaving badly, does anyone know why on this and other sites I can’t see embedded Twitter videos? Sometimes I can (sometimes on the same page), but it’s becoming more frequent that I just get a “The media could not be played” gray screen. I have to click on it and go directly to Twitter to view it.

If you know why this is happening now, is there a workaround?

Moggie
Moggie
1 year ago

@Naglfar:

Well, our old friend One Angry Gamer has put together a list of “traitors” to America and it’s just as ridiculous as you would expect.

Pop-Tarts: probation

There will be panicky meetings at the Kellogg company to decide how they can get off probation.

He has a weird idea of “traitor”, since he includes non-US companies and individuals. How can Jim Fucking Sterling be a “traitor of America”?

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

Once you get past all the pop-ups, this is possibly worth reading. Don’t know what the chances of success are; but it highlights an important lacuna in the law I think.

https://lawandcrime.com/george-floyd-death/left-libertarian-alliance-introduces-house-bill-to-end-qualified-immunity-for-police-officers/

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Moggie

Pop-Tarts: probation

My favorite response to that proclamation was this tweet:
https://twitter.com/dcb42/status/1269001703451439104

Pop-Tarts will remain on probation until they expand their flavor selection
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How can Jim Fucking Sterling be a “traitor of America”?

He claims it’s because they’ve “influenced” Americans. He doesn’t seem to know what “traitor” means.

Chris O
Chris O
1 year ago

@Naglfar:

I just read the One Angry Gamer list you mentioned and boy howdy, we’ve got some next-level paranoia going on up in here. OAG makes Alex Jones look tranquil by comparison. If I were a gambler I’d bet 7-1 odds he’s got AR-15s in every room in his house.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

“Caption writer finds novel way to hand in notice”

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Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

Normally I’m complaining about the Amazon being on fire; but that’s the other one.

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