A North Carolina lawyer named T. Greg Doucette has been collecting videos of the acts of police brutality against protestors from across the country. He has over 600 already and has received more than a thousand more that he is still processing. He is entering them into a spreadsheet database that you can search on. The sheer number of abuses is breathtaking.
The videos have a disturbingly repetitive style. There is a peaceful demonstration. Then the police arrive, often in riot gear and with military style assault vehicles, and then the violence starts as they attack the protestors with tear gas, rubber bullets, bean bag guns, and ‘flash bangs’ (the label given to stun grenades that temporarily disorient the target). The police say that these weapons and others such a tasers are non-lethal but when demonstrators pick up tear gas canisters and throw them back at the police, they are charged with “assault with a deadly weapon”.
Here is a video from Austin, TX where “police shoot a 16-year-old boy in the head and leave him for dead on the side of the road.”
It appears that the boy was standing on an embankment far away from the protests and just watching when the police shot him in the head with a bean bag gun and then left him for dead. Other demonstrators took him to the hospital where he is undergoing neurological testing.
Then there is this video of a peaceful, tree-lined, suburban street where the National Guard marches through behind armored vehicles like they were invading the place, ordering everybody to get inside and then shooting a woman who was on her front porch filming.
Just reading the capsule summaries of each incident is really disturbing. The sheer number of videos should convince anyone that policing in the US is hopelessly rotten, more like an occupying army crushing any dissent than a civilian force meant to “protect and serve” the public, as so many of the police department slogans boast.
They require a complete overhaul.