VT has found that among the most violent protesters, almost all are white. Some have been identified as US Army, some as political operatives of the GOP and others as, now wait for it….police.
MINNEAPOLIS—A night after Minneapolis burned, protests on Saturday were mostly calm—until cops and the National Guard moved in with force against those breaking curfew.
We start with a bright moment from Seattle. Here, a security guard (with a glock) takes an M4 Carbine from a protester who found it where a Seattle cop had dropped it while running away. Thanks to the guard in the video, cops and protesters don’t need real weapons like this, our hero of the day:
A scary moment from earlier on @komonews, a man pulled out a large weapon (AR-15?) and another person pulled it out of his hands. Smartly, KOMO pulled away from coverage as no one knew what was going to happen next but no shots were fired. pic.twitter.com/ToQ7jipM4N— John Colucci 😷 (@johncolucci) May 31, 2020
And now for bad stuff:
Just got accused of being an “outsider” here to do harm. Nice. https://t.co/teTipZ9oI2— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
This is what tyranny actually looks like. https://t.co/yAtwesIVEj— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
Here's a supercut of unnecessary, unconstitutional and violent police misconduct from … the past several days. Wholesale reform of law enforcement culture is in order, not that it will happen under this president. https://t.co/nKzvdXkI2Y— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
This is what tyranny actually looks like. https://t.co/gWHE9tjqdT— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
Then whatever this green stuff is, which was all over the place last night. pic.twitter.com/aB93XDmser— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
It's hard to tell but I think if I remember right this video began either just as, or just after, I saw police shoot directly at photographers and a video crew. Lawless. pic.twitter.com/p38KFbOHJ3— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
The protests in Minneapolis, where 46-year-old George Floyd died after a white cop knelt on his neck for several minutes, began peacefully on Saturday as hundreds of residents marched alongside police officers. But just after the 8:00 p.m. curfew passed and all major highways into the Twin Cities were shut down, police appeared in full gear.
Violation of the right to peaceful assembly. https://t.co/jPDIDxnrk3— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
Looks like some professional law enforcement behavior to me. https://t.co/5nOtP2WyBZ— justin glawe (@JustinGlawe) May 31, 2020
They began to fling tear gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets at protesters and journalists alike—pushing crowds away from police precincts that had been previously set ablaze the previous nights. While police were ostensibly cracking down on curfew breakers, it’s not clear why they would target journalists, who are exempt from the 8 p.m. curfew and allowed to report from the scene.
“Tonight will be different,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday evening just after the curfew went into effect. “If you are on the street tonight, it is very clear: You are not with us. You do not share our values. And we will use the full strength of goodness and righteousness to make sure that this ends.” Read more…