Caught on camera, police explode in rage and violence across the US

Over the past 72 hours, people across the US have captured what may be the most comprehensive live picture of police brutality ever. Any one of the videos we’ve seen could have sparked a national discussion, with people picking apart their elements, searching for context to argue about, and digging through the pasts of everyone involved. But it’s not just one act of violence. It’s everywhere. 

Here is just a short list of scenes from the past few days:

On Saturday, the names of several police officers allegedly seen perpetrating violence in different cities began trending on Twitter as people worked to cross-reference faces from videos with personal information on the web.

The violence appears so widespread and consistent that you could be mistaken for thinking it’s coordinated at a national level. To some extent, it is: President Trump has cheered on police violence like a fan at a sports event, and police departments across the country have styled themselves as military forces after receiving two decades of hand-me-downs from the War on Terror.

“US cities face toll of violent protests,” says a headline at the top of Fox News. “Fury in the streets as protests spread across the US,” says The New York Times. “Fire and fury spread across the US,” says The Washington Post. “Wave of rage and anguish sweeps dozens of US cities,” says CNN. But whose rage? Whose fury? Whose violence?

Here’s another: ABC local news in Utah runs a graphic saying “violent protests in Salt Lake City.” In the background of the video, police knock an elderly man with a cane to the ground. He was simply standing near a bus stop.Timothy Burke@bubbaprog

Salt Lake City cops shove down an elderly man with a cane for the crime of standing along the street:

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We can’t deny what we are seeing, and we must describe it accurately. Whose violence? Whose rage? It’s from American police.

NYPD officer just called a female protester a “stupid fucking bitch” and threw her to the ground

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151KTwitter Ads info and privacy72K people are talking about thisJohn Cusack@johncusack

Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike.
Ahhm herea the audio

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She says she was walking home with her groceries when police fired some sort of pellet in her face. Says she’s not a protester. #DallasProtests

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Who is this serving?

Who is this protecting?

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they were literally SITTING????????? PEACEFULLY??????? this is absolutely insane.

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158KTwitter Ads info and privacy66.3K people are talking about thisAaron Rupar@atrupar · 

dystopian scenes in Minneapolis tonight

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MSNBC reporters were just almost hit with some sort of explosive device by law enforcement officers in Minneapolis

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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

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Police exercise increased force as tasers are used to pull two people from a vehicle in downtown Atlanta. …APD use Taser to get driver out of carAPD officers used a Taser to get a driver out of a car in downtown Altanta out after the curfew.cbs46.com66Twitter Ads info and privacy70 people are talking about thisMichael Anthony Adams@MichaelAdams317 · Replying to @MichaelAdams317

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.

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Police just raided the gas station we were sheltering at. After shouting press multiple times and raising my press card in the air, I was thrown to the ground. Then another cop came up and peppered sprayed me in the face while I was being held down.

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Cops losing patience

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my older brother went to a protest in Denver last night. as the police were leaving, one of them shot him with a pepper pellet that smashed the back of his phone and exploded in his face. they were ~30 feet from each other and it looks like the officer aimed directly at his face

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We are home and we are safe. But my children were pepper sprayed tonight whole peacefully protesting. I was there. I saw it. The violence and brutality the NYPD unleashed on protesters was staggering. So much rage targeted toward the very people they are sworn to protect.

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