Those jobs include driving vehicles into crowds of protesters, clubbing subdued protesters with batons, and shoving men and women to the ground.
Let New York’s Finest be New York’s Finest. There is nobody better, but they must be allowed to do their job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
A different angle on TWO NYPD CARS that DROVE INTO PROTESTORS. pic.twitter.com/s7zRAOzRhh— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) May 31, 2020
Also Brooklyn tonight. @NYPDChiefofDept your boys taking Trump’s #MAGANight instruction to heart, huh. pic.twitter.com/dvpTmD2JJd— 🆂🅷Ⓐ🆁🅺🅴🆈@HOME🇺🇸🇬🇧🇮🇪🇪🇺🇮🇱 (@alixsharkey) May 31, 2020
Pepper spray, batons, and several arrests: This is how the NYPD behaved in Brooklyn today. pic.twitter.com/gKK0kArpV2— Victoria Leandra (@leandrareports) May 30, 2020
This was me, and I want to make one thing clear to all the people that are commenting lies below this video. I did NOT spit in this officers face. I was wearing a face mask. He told me to get out of the street and then immediately threw me out of the way. https://t.co/349TZijtD8— Dounya Zayer (@zayer_dounya) May 30, 2020
Of course, it wasn't only New York. In numerous other cities, police attempted to provoke additional violence (or prevent their unlawful acts from being recorded or reported).This is 2 blocks from the precinct.— Seth Pollack (@sethmpk) May 30, 2020
It didn’t make anyone safer.
You can see the escalation happen in 7 seconds. pic.twitter.com/7knUjWc5vz
They fired tear gas and flash grenades at peaceful protesters. They shot a woman with rubber bullets as she was handing out bottles of water. They beat, pepper-sprayed, and fired rubber bullets at several clearly-identified journalists. They also arrested members of the media. They bloodied the face of a woman coming out of a grocery store. They beat protesters who were sitting quietly. They trampled an elderly man walking with a cane. They destroyed supplies left for protesters. They fired their guns at people in their own houses. They smashed all the windows of a gay bar ... just for fun, I guess, though I'm sure they enjoyed the other stuff, too.
This is a nationwide police riot, fueled, sanctioned, and cheered by the president himself.
Uncovered: Last October, the head of the Minneapolis police union — which days ago warned against a “rush to judgment” of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death — spoke at a Trump rally and praised him for ending the “handcuffing and oppression” of police under Obama. pic.twitter.com/oW1olwWZh5— The Recount (@therecount) May 30, 2020
A compilation of videos that captures how police officers incite violence.— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) May 31, 2020
How are they responding to protests against police killings? With further abuses of power.
If this doesn’t tell us we need police reform, we’re not paying attention. pic.twitter.com/Y7tITwbxeB
This is the correct framing. Police exploded in violence across the country, there are not “two sides.”https://t.co/0gKIYhhn0N— Matt Ferner (@matthewferner) May 31, 2020
WATCH: @AliVelshi reports from Minneapolis as police fire tear gas toward protesters: “There has been no provocation ... The police pulled into this intersection unprovoked.” pic.twitter.com/OEUXdPg73O— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 31, 2020
Yeah the Democratic Governor did you you dolt. Here’s what the police did to a woman who was leaving the grocery store before curfew. #TrumpResignNow 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/86vOzIFJnM— Rachel Maria 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸 #WearAMask 😷 ya snowflake (@rachel_maria65) May 31, 2020
Big cloud of tear gas going up at the north east corner of Lafayette Square. Protesters move like a wave to get away from it.— Marissa J. Lang (@Marissa_Jae) May 31, 2020
I’ve covered a lot of protests in DC. I’ve never seen police so liberal with the projectiles. pic.twitter.com/aqKQ2Zljes
SEVEN MINUTES after curfew, cops in Denver flood the area with tear gas. How is this possibly necessary, and would we ever see that at other constitutional gatherings that went past their authorized time? https://t.co/ZejAKG7gEH— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 31, 2020
Also, I cannot emphasize enough how much tear gas was deployed at this #dcprotest today.— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) May 31, 2020
I’ve covered protests/riots (protriots? is there a word for one that turns into the other?) in DC for 4+ years now and I have never needed my respirator for extended reporting here before. pic.twitter.com/SQJiPgjiKq
Dallas police just fired tear gas at a peaceful protest at the J. Erik Johnsson Central Library. pic.twitter.com/gpAPud4clD— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) May 30, 2020
Just to be clear: all of this destruction and violence is being instigated by the police. Tonight in my town, the cops just walked right up to one of the only gay bars downtown and smashed all the windows. In front of the owner. WAKE UP. pic.twitter.com/BtbSKHYlHa— Matt Clark 🌹 (@ClarkMatt) May 31, 2020
I cannot believe what I just witnessed. They pulled up onto the square with a police siren on and did this. #Louisville pic.twitter.com/65o2lgZCJh— Natalie Neysa Alund (@nataliealund) May 30, 2020
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 pic.twitter.com/bW48imyt55— Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
More journalists reporting on protests are being arrested by police in NYC and Minneapolis, following the arrest of CNN’s @OmarJimenez on Friday. https://t.co/sUaIuNG6NK— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) May 31, 2020
When the president encourages police violence and also calls the press the “enemy of the people,” this is what happens. https://t.co/kSevUrRS6g— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 31, 2020
WCCO photojournalist records himself getting shot in the leg with a rubber bullet and arrested by state patrol pic.twitter.com/kPVn6SZU65— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 31, 2020
A TV reporter and a photojournalist were shot with pepper balls while filming protests and local police in Louisville. https://t.co/3vYIwA9DDS— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) May 30, 2020
I’m hit in the leg by a rubber bullet but am fine. State Police supported by National guard fired unprovoked into an entirely peaceful rally— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) May 31, 2020
LAPD just shot me multiple times with rubber bullets for passing out water to peaceful protestors. The media is going to lie and say that protestors were violent but it was THE POLICE who were inciting violence first and even blinded a little girl. #blm pic.twitter.com/eZ2jDyeHgq— adumb (@trappyness) May 31, 2020
they were literally SITTING????????? PEACEFULLY??????? this is absolutely insane. pic.twitter.com/0xmFiZBgYb— 𝓉 ⚢ (@theresakost13) May 31, 2020
A man seen smashing the windows of an AutoZone and setting fire to a McDonalds has been identified as Jacob Pederson, a Minneapolis cop. His ex-wife outed him!I've seen video of a hundred examples of police brutality from across the nation today. Any major news network covering looting instead of airing that footage is actively undermining the people and are complicit in this state-sanction violence. Don't let them form the narrative.— Albert Lee for the People 🌹 (@AlbertLee2020) May 31, 2020
Agent provocateur started the riots in Minnesota by smashing the windows of the Minneapolis AutoZone that was later set on fire. He leaves the scene when confronted by peaceful protestors, who say he’s a cop. His name is Jacob Pederson. pic.twitter.com/zT1CPoL0xa— Jack (@readyfredi83) May 30, 2020
One of the looters(seen breaking windows at an Autozone and setting a fire at McDonalds) in Minneapolis turns out to be Jacob Pederson, a cop. The best part is that his ex-wife identified his ass. #Minneapolisprotests #minneapolisriots pic.twitter.com/aJLhEM2YDJ— Derenic Byrd (@DerenicByrd) May 29, 2020
#Minneapolis— ĐЄΔĐƁᎾ¥ (@iAmHolex) May 29, 2020
Undercover Police Agent working/acting as a provocateur in #GeorgeFloydprotest #MinneapolisRiot pic.twitter.com/aukW1I8Rop
The history of "agent provocateurs" is as long as the history of protests.Started by this agent provocateur for the police pic.twitter.com/cGKFD5iUBc— Police Accountability Now! (@Bananaforprez) May 31, 2020
In 2010, during the G20 in Toronto, several police cars were lit on fire. Images of protesters dancing on and around the burning police cars dominated the news for days, removing any and all talk of legitimate protests. Someone figured out that the numbers painted on the side of the squad cars were of vehicles no longer in use. It turned out to be a complete set-up by the cops, who abandoned the old cars, assuming they would be burned.
Police in Quebec eventually admitted in 2007 to having undercover cops at protests when some of them were identified by their special police-issue boots.
BREAKING: ABC News confirms Governors in at least 9 states have activated their states' National Guards to respond to protests: Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas, Utah, Washington state.— Tony Morrison • ABC News (@THETonyMorrison) May 31, 2020
Among the curfews in effect on Saturday night in the US:— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 31, 2020
• Los Angeles
• Salt Lake City
incredible pic.twitter.com/kmlYPYylyl— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 30, 2020