Cops across America have been caught on camera violently attacking and threatening peaceful protesters who have taken to the streets demanding justice for George Floyd and calling for an end to police brutality and racism.
Shocking footage has been circulated on social media of multiple incidents involving law enforcement in Los Angeles – almost 30 years on from the 1992 riots when the city erupted after LAPD cops savagely beat up African-American man Rodney King.
In one video, a pack of at least eight cops surround a woman lying on the ground and repeatedly taser her, ignoring pleas from bystanders for them to stop.
Other footage shows a cop cruiser round on a group of teenagers who are walking down the street, opening fire on the group and shooting them in the back with rubber bullets as they try to run away, while a man in Compton is punched and kneed by officers as he lies face down on the sidewalk during his arrest.
Similarly horrifying scenes of police brutality at protests calling for an end to police brutality have been springing up across all corners of America, following Floyd’s slaying when a white cop knelt on the black man’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds until he died of asphyxiation.
LA: Cops punch and knee a black man as he lies face down on the floor during his arrest
New York: A cop opens their car door to hit a protester while driving down a street
New York: Officers violently detain a protester demanding an end to police brutality
In New York, a elderly man was said to be in a serious condition after he was shoved to the ground by Buffalo cops, cracking his head open and leaving him lying in a pool of blood.
This came days after NYPD cops were seen opening their car door to hit a protester while driving down a street, deliberately ploughing their police cruiser into protesters in Brooklyn, New York City, and another was seen throwing a woman to the ground telling her she’s ‘a stupid f***ing bitch’.
Meanwhile, a cop used his police horse to trample over a peaceful protester in a street in Houston.
And Indianapolis police are now under investigation after a group of cops were seen using batons and pepper balls at close range to detain a woman Sunday night.
Lawsuits are now springing up across the nation as people demand action be taken against cops violating their rights as they protest peacefully.
The Washington DC arm of Black Lives Matter is suing Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other federal officials over the incident that saw officers tear gas peaceful protesters outside the White House Monday so that the president could head for a photo op in front of a church.
The suit claims Trump ordered ‘the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators who were speaking out against discriminatory police brutality targeted at Black people’ and calls for an injunction against future similar acts of violence.
‘The President’s shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked, and frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation’s constitutional order,’ ACLU D.C. Legal Director Scott Michelman said in a statement.
‘And when the nation’s top law enforcement officer becomes complicit in the tactics of an autocrat, it chills protected speech for all of us.’
Journalist Jared Goyette is suing several Minnesota police officers and the city of Minneapolis after he was shot with rubber bullets while reporting in Minneapolis, claiming they violated his First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
Meanwhile, the Legal Aid Society of New York City is demanding the release of hundreds of people who have been held in police custody for longer than 24 hours – a direct violation of the city’s rule that people arrested must be arraigned within 24 hours of their arrest.
LA: Group of cops surround a woman lying on the ground and repeatedly taser her as onlookers beg them to stop
In Los Angeles, where outrage over police brutality sparked the 1992 riots, shocking footage emerged of at least eight LAPD officers surrounding a woman lying on the ground of a Hollywood street and repeatedly tasering her as onlookers beg them to stop.
The video, taken by someone out of a window across the street, shows the group of officers around the woman as the sound of a taser is heard multiple times.
Several officers have her pinned to the ground while a number of others are stood casually around watching the scene.
LA: At least eight LAPD officers surrounding a woman lying on the ground of a Hollywood street and repeatedly tasering her as onlookers beg them to stop
LA: The video, taken by someone out of a window across the street, shows the group of officers around the woman as the sound of a taser is heard multiple times
‘Oh my god, they’re all on her – they’re all tasering her,’ one of the onlookers is heard saying behind the camera as the taser goes off.
Voices of a man and woman from behind the camera catching the aerial footage then start screaming at the cops to ‘stop’ and say ‘we’re watching you’.
Screams are also heard coming from other onlookers to ‘stop’ and saying ‘we see you’.
The taser is heard again being used on the woman as she lies on the ground.
LA: Cop opens fire with rubber bullets on unarmed teenagers as they walk down a neighborhood street
Other shocking footage shows a cop lean out of a car to open fire with rubber bullets on a group of unarmed teenagers.
The cop cruiser is seen driving slowly along a neighborhood toward a group of teenagers who are strolling along the street.
The vehicle manoeuvres so that the passenger side of the car is facing the group as an officer leans his arm out the window and points a gun directly at the teens.
LA: Shocking footage shows a cop lean out of a car to open fire with rubber bullets on a group of unarmed teenagers
LA: The vehicle manoeuvres so that the passenger side of the car is facing the group as an officer leans his arm out the window and points a gun directly at the teens and opens fire, with the teens running for cover down the street
The terrified group turn and start running back down the street as the cop opens fire, shooting them with rubber bullets as they flee.
The cruiser then turns and heads in the direction of chasing them.
According to an eyewitness account on social media, the group were ‘unarmed law abiding teenagers in Hollywood’ and one of the teens was hit by a bullet in the back of the leg.
The incident reportedly took place on Monday at 7:35p.m. on Mansfield and Higman Avenue between Fountain and Delongpre – before any curfew in the area.
LA: A man was held at gunpoint and arrested as he walked home from work after curfew
A man was held at gunpoint and left begging cops not to shoot as he was arrested walking home from work after curfew.
During the arrest, streamed on Facebook Live, a police radio can be heard in the background instructing cops to just ‘take someone into custody’.
The man, wearing a face mask, is livestreaming footage captioned ‘After curfew – trying to get home’ as he walks down Hollywood Boulevard, reportedly on his way home from work.
‘Keep walking coz the cops are coming… We want to be away from here so they don’t attack us,’ the man says to the camera, before he points across the street and says ‘there’s the looting’.
LA: The man, wearing a face mask, is livestreaming footage captioned ‘After curfew – trying to get home’ as he walks down Hollywood Boulevard, reportedly on his way home from work
LA: He then cowers to the ground and the tip of a gun barrel is seen in the image pointing toward him
As cops pull in and sirens are heard, the man is heard telling officers: ‘We’re going home.’
He then cowers to the ground and the tip of a gun barrel is seen in the image pointing toward him.
The man starts screaming fearfully: ‘Stop I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything. I’m sorry I swear.’
As the man begs the cops holding him at gunpoint to stop an officer is heard telling him to ‘Shut the f*** up’ and ‘Hands behind your back’ as they arrest him.
In the background a police radio can be heard instructing officers to arrest anyone they see.
‘[inaudible] riding past anyone, stop where you are and take someone into custody,’ the voice over the radio is heard saying.
LA: Black man lying face down on the ground is punched and kneed by cops in Compton
Horrific footage showed a black man lying face down on the ground during an arrest being violently punched and kneed by cops in Compton.
In the video, released by KTLA, the man later identified as Dalvin Price is lying on the ground with two cops pinning him down.
The cops start shoving him aggressively as Price shouts ‘I’m on the ground’.
LA: Horrific footage showed a black man lying face down on the ground during an arrest being violently punched and kneed by cops in Compton
LA: In the video, the man later identified as Dalvin Price is lying on the ground with two cops pinning him down
LA: A third officer then runs over and starts repeatedly kneeing Price in the side at least five times while one of the cops on top of Price lays at least one punch on him
A third officer then runs over and starts repeatedly kneeing Price in the side at least five times while one of the cops on top of Price lays at least one punch on him.
The video of the violent arrest has sparked outrage and an investigation has been launched into the use of force by the officers.
Compton Mayor Aja Brown slammed the ‘vicious beating’ and demanded the investigation be completed within two weeks.
‘While the young man is on the ground, he is repeatedly heard saying, ‘I’m on the ground,” she said.
‘Nonetheless, the vicious beating continues until they discover they are being observed by a young woman filming the incident.’
‘We will not tolerate the willful violation of rights in our community by the hand of anyone, including law enforcement,’ Brown said.
Houston: Cop uses his police horse to trample over a peaceful protester
In Houston, Texas – where Floyd grew up – horrifying footage has shown a peaceful protester being trampled in the street by a police horse.
The incident took place during a march for Floyd near police headquarters in the city Friday afternoon.
In the video, the woman walks into the road where protesters and other police horses are gathered.
She has both hands clutching a banner for the protest.
A mounted officer on a police horse then comes up behind her and ploughs directly into her knocking her to the ground and the horse trampling on the woman’s body.
She manages to get to her feet with the help of other demonstrators as people scream and shout and start throwing things at the cops.
Houston police said they are investigating the incident and Mayor Sylvester Turner apologized to the woman involved on Twitter.
Houston: Horrifying footage has shown a peaceful protester being trampled in the street by a police horse
Houston: The woman was holding a banner while the mounted police ploughed into her and trampled her
‘What happened with mounted patrol should not have happened and for that please accept my apology,’ he tweeted.
‘We are taking a look on how we can better deploy our resources to keep that from happening again so you or anyone else can exercise your Constitutional right and we can maintain the peace.’
However, Houston Police Officers Union Vice President Doug Griffith defended the cop’s actions and blamed the protester, saying the cop had blown his whistle before ploughing into her.
‘The whistle is to warms (sic) people,’ Griffith wrote on Twitter.
‘If you don’t pay attention, then that’s on your (sic)!’
Indianapolis: Investigation is launched after a group of cops were seen using batons and pepper balls at close range to detain a woman
Indianapolis police have launched an internal investigation after a group a group of cops were seen using batons and pepper balls at close range to violently detain a woman Sunday night.
The horrifying footage, widely shared on social media, shows two women being detained by officers.
One of the women, who is black, is seen trying to wriggle out of the grasp of a white cop – with one eyewitness writing on a Twitter post that the cop had been ‘groping’ her.
Indianapolis: Police have launched an internal investigation after a group a group of cops were seen using batons and pepper balls at close range to violently detain a woman Sunday night
Indianapolis: The woman stands still and does not put up a fight or struggle while the two cops keep beating her with their batons and then pin her to the ground by her head
As she tries to loosen their hold on her, pepper balls are fired at her at close range by another officer and two cops start beating her with batons.
The woman stands still and does not put up a fight or struggle while the two cops keep beating her with their batons.
They scream at her to ‘get on the ground’ while she crouches down on the floor.
One cop then aggressively pushes her forward and pins her to the floor with a baton held into her head.
A second woman, who is white, was heard screaming ‘Why her? Why her?’ before she is also forcefully pushed to the ground and detained by cops.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said it has launched in investigation into the actions of officers in the video.
New York: Two Buffalo cops shove a 75-year-old man who cracked his head on the sidewalk and is in hospital in a serious condition
Two Buffalo, New York, cops have been suspended without pay after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, causing him to crack his head on the sidewalk.
The shocking footage shows the white-haired man approaching a line of officers in riot gear outside Buffalo City Hall after the city’s 8pm curfew on Thursday.
As the man tries to speak to the officers, they begin shouting at him to move along, before one of them pushes him with a baton and a second cop shoves him with his hand.
The elderly man is then seen staggering before falling back and hitting his head on the sidewalk.
The sound of a crack is heard and then blood is seen trickling from his head.
Most cops continue to walk past ignoring the man lying motionless on the ground.
The cop who pushed him with a baton pauses to lean over, before he is motioned away by another officer and then someone is hard calling for a medic.
The man, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital where he is in serious condition, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said.
Buffalo Police initially released a statement saying a person ‘was injured when he tripped & fell.’
The two cops are now under investigation.
New York: An elderly man was seen approaching Buffalo police officers in riot gear outside of City Hall on Thursday
New York: The man is shoved to the ground by cops and hits his head
New York: The sound of a crack is heard on the video before blood is seen trickling out of the man’s head
Mayor Brown said he was ‘deeply disturbed by the video.’
‘Tonight, after a physical altercation between two separate groups of protesters participating in an illegal demonstration beyond the curfew, two Buffalo Police officers knocked down a 75-year-old man. The victim is in stable but serious condition at ECMC,’ he said.
‘After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening.’
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the incident as ‘wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.’
He also said on Twitter that he spoke with Mayor Brown and agreed that the officers involved should be suspended, pending a formal investigation.
‘Police Officers must enforce – NOT ABUSE – the law,’ he said.
An internal affairs investigation has been opened.
Florida: Cops open fire on protesters after they ask ‘why are you shooting at us?’
Cops in Tampa were caught on camera opening fire on a group of protesters right after they asked them ‘why are you shooting at us?’
In social media footage, protesters are seen linking arms as they face a wall of cops in the distance.
Over a loudspeaker a man is heard saying ‘why are you shooting at us?’ while the rest of the crowd is heard chanting George Floyd’s name.
Moments after they ask police about shooting them, shots are heard as cops open fire into the crowd – presumably with rubber bullets.
Screams ring out and protesters are seen desperately running away from officers with their banners still held in their hands.
Other shocking footage shows an officer move towards the crowd who are stood still to spray pepper gas directly into the faces of peaceful protesters.
In separate footage, a medic tells the camera that he was shot at while ‘providing aid’ despite the massive sign on his back reading ‘Don’t shoot EMS’.