Who do you call when the cops are the criminals? In a despicable display of police brutality, police riot as cops across the nation respond to peaceful protesters and journalists with unprovoked violence.
The ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd were caught up in violence again on Saturday, as police all over the country tear-gassed protesters, drove vehicles through crowds, opened fire with nonlethal rounds on journalists or people on their own property, and in at least one instance, pushed over an elderly man who was walking away with a cane…
Video footage is going viral of police officers responding to protests Saturday night with excessive force, including battering and pepper-spraying peaceful demonstrators.
Another Vox report details the police assault on journalists:
Across the country journalists have been targeted by police, facing arrest, detention and violence, including being pepper sprayed and shot by rubber bullets. Journalists were targeted by police in the Ferguson protests in 2015 and during the civil rights era, and that pattern of violence and arrests continued into this weekend’s protests.
The reports, images, and videos of police assaulting journalists and peaceful protesters are deeply disturbing, and represent a national crisis decades in the making. The following is a sample of atrocities from across the nation committed by the police against those they were sworn to protect:
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) May 31, 2020
Scene from Seattle protest: Girl hit by pepper spray.
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) May 31, 2020
Share widely: National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling “light em up” #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/bW48imyt55
— Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
Here is the overhead… pic.twitter.com/US6Qqhkz3O
— Rob Bennett @ � (@rob_bennett) May 31, 2020
Police had weapons trained on a group of us. We held up our press passes. One kept his rifle on us while the others continued to fire foam baton rounds. pic.twitter.com/duZu5zzzZI
— Michael Anthony Adams (@MichaelAdams317) May 31, 2020
Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike.
Ahhm here’s the audio pic.twitter.com/tfaOoVCw5v”
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020
Minnesota State Patrol just fired tear gas at reporters and photographers at point blank range. pic.twitter.com/r7X6J7LKo8
— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) May 31, 2020
— Kevin Krause (@KevinRKrause) May 31, 2020
Responding to the recent atrocities committed by police against law abiding citizens, Amnesty International issued a statement calling on police in the U.S. to end their militarized response to demonstrators protesting police brutality after the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minnesota
Amnesty International issued a statement on Sunday morning calling for an end to militarized policing in several U.S. cities and the use of “excessive force” against demonstrators protesting police brutality.
Bottom line: In a despicable display of police brutality, police riot as cops across the nation respond to peaceful protesters and journalists with unprovoked violence.