With protests and tensions flaring all around America, those on the ground have been documenting the action in ways that were never possible before.
Just about everyone has a video-capturing broadcast device in their pocket. This is the digital realm, where the content itself dictates its reach, rather than the choices being made in some television executive’s boardroom. The power is truly with the people, and the images that they beam into our homes on the daily have just as much weight as anything we’ll see in the mainstream media.
In Seattle, protests erupted again this week after no officers were charged in the death of Breonna Taylor, whose demise has become a flashpoint for the Black Lives Matter movement. During these protests, which are largely centered around police brutality, law enforcement officers are attempting to remain on their best behavior, lest they wish to further antagonized an already angsty public.
Apparently some cops didn’t get the memo.
A Seattle police officer captured on video rolling his bicycle over the head of a protester who was laying in the street is now on administrative leave.
The Seattle Police Department said in a statement Thursday that the actions of the officer — who has not been identified — are being investigated independently by the King County Sheriff’s Office at the department’s request.
Earlier on Thursday, the city’s police watchdog group said it was requesting a criminal investigation.
Video of the incident taken Wednesday night and posted on Twitter shows a protester laying in the street as an officer, who is on foot, rolls his bicycle over the protester’s head and neck area.
We must warn you that what you are about to see may be disturbing to some.
Seattle bike cop intentionally rides over protestors head and neck.pic.twitter.com/KnvwXpZPQk
— Bobby Boucher Esq. (@BobTheComrade) September 24, 2020
The footage will almost certainly find its ways into some campaign ads in the coming weeks.
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