This has been a week of firsts for the United States…and that’s putting it lightly.
Our nation hasn’t been this riled up since at least the late 60’s, or perhaps ever. Fueled by a desire for justice and propelled by a spark from the extreme corners of social media, Americans are heated, and they are letting their voices be heard.
In the streets of Washington DC, things took a dramatic turn on Monday night after law enforcement and military forces forcibly scattered protests that had been staged across from the White House. As the demonstrators fanned out across the city, agitators from the far corners of the political spectrum took over at nightfall, both attempting to paint a portrait of violence that their social media propagandists would then utilize to vilify one another.
This constant escalation by these fringe forces has prompted an intense response from the federal government, examples of which were making the rounds on social media late last night.
Military helicopters, including a Black Hawk helicopter, reportedly flew low over demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. on Monday night.
Videos shared on social media indicate the helicopters were flying just above low-level buildings, creating intense winds and causing trees to sway.
New York Times reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs tweeted that military helicopters were hovering over protesters, sending gusts of dust into the air. “A part of a tree fell, nearly hitting passerbys,” he said.
Around 10 minutes later, an additional helicopter was reported to have flown over protesters, according to Kanno-Youngs.
“These are Lakota helicopters performing what’s known as a show of force, which is often conducted by low-flying jets in combat zones to scare away insurgents. A Black Hawk performed the maneuver minutes later,” he tweeted.
Video of the scene was dramatic, to say the least.
A U.S. military helicopter used a "show of force" maneuver as protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. on Monday night. It's a tactic often conducted by low-flying jets in combat zones to scare away insurgents. https://t.co/g9kocdpz8G https://t.co/yMvx6eVuWZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 2, 2020
Helicopter isn’t moving and neither is the crowd. The show of military force on US streets is like nothing I would have believed if I weren’t here pic.twitter.com/80UnzDNx17
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) June 2, 2020
Attorney General Bill Barr has indicated that tonight will be no different should these protests again be hijacked by extremist agitators as the sun sets.
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