GRAPHIC VIDEO shows officers pushing protester, knocking him UNCONSCIOUS, then claim he ‘tripped’
[ Editor’s Note: I stayed up until 2am last night, sifting through Twitter links on overzealous cops still using abusive force, as if the George Floyd incident never happened, and it is not just an individual rogue cop failure, but a training and command structure failure.
The most common situation I saw was at curfew time, street clearing cops in formation waiting for curfew to begin, whereupon there were often some eager beavers wanting to be the first to get an arrest, sometimes running to clobber the first person they could get to, including women.
I rarely saw any effort to avoid a clubbing incident and to explain the consequences for ignoring the curfew. Some of these girls were tough sistas, when whacked hard by a nightstick, it was game on for them, and then several cops would be involved in nightsticking one woman who is now in full survival mode taking them all on.
What was missing? I have seen none of these cops try to have a conversation with any of these people to explain that if they don’t move they will be arrested for curfew violation and have to go through the booking and release process, to encourage them to leave. Neither did they seem to explain that if the protesters did not disperse and resisted arrest they would have two charges.
A review of the huge number of Tweets will show countless examples of this, where cops carrying anger around were not able to manage that properly. How many police departments are going to force their street cops to watch all the Twitter videos of their street behavior to spot cops using excessive force?
Second, I did not see any commander level type officer advancing with cops in the front of the line, clearing advances, watching them for overzealous aggression, or carrying a bullhorn to order an immediate stop on a prepared signal.
There were some cases where I saw three or four cops trying to beat down a sturdy female protester who was fighting them off as best she could with what appeared to be survival instinct.
We are running across more and more stories of bad cops being rehired, and what looks like their being passed off to another jurisdiction to be out of sight. This shows bad cops organized enough to find jobs for bad cops. They are all over YouTube. Here is one. I would guess the number of situations like this around the country would stun people, but it is hushed up.
This has to be reviewed from top to bottom by all law enforcement and city political officials. CIA people, as part of their contracts, are subject to being lie detector tested as a deterrent for doing side work.
It might be time for police to have the same requirement, which their unions would scream against like hell. The Atlanta case this week had two cops involved that had been fired and rehired. Some would think law enforcement is okay with a certain level of this and having to pay out some settlements from time to time… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published ... June 05, 2020 –
Graphic footage shows police officers swarming the area in front of City Hall in Buffalo, New York right after its 8pm curfew went into effect on Thursday. As police advance on protesters, a man with what looks like a smartphone in his hand approaches the officers leading the procession in an attempt to confront them.
It’s unclear from the video what the man tells the policemen (in full riot gear), but the confrontation did not last long before he is forcefully pushed by the officers, losing his balance and falling backwards onto the pavement.
A trickle of blood can be seen flowing from his ear after the fall. As police call medics to the scene, the man appears to be unconscious, lying motionless in the same spot.
— WBFO (@WBFO) June 5, 2020
The video spread like wildfire on social media, with many accusing the police of using excessive force on the man, who did not appear to be threatening any of the officers.
The police department’s version of events – claiming the man simply “tripped and fell” on his own, according to Buffalo Toronto Public Media – turned out to be strikingly different from what can be seen on the footage and has only further fueled the outrage.
The protester was later taken by ambulance to the hospital and is currently in stable condition after suffering what is being described as a “serious” injury to the head.
Five people were arrested for “disorderly conduct” as police broke up the Black Lives Matter protest in the area.
As the video went viral, drawing angry comments from netizens and calls to hold the officers involved accountable, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released a statement saying that the two policemen “knocked down a 75-year-old man,” contradicting the police account.
Brown said he was “deeply disturbed” by the police conduct and that the officers in the video had been “suspended without pay.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined the chorus of condemnations, calling the incident “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.” He added that the officers should remain suspended until a formal investigation is carried out.