The protests, in the midst of a pandemic that spreads person to person, show just how fed up people are with the unjust murder of black people by racist police, white people, and others.
However, in many peaceful protests happening across the country the heavy presence of police has led to police violence in situations that do not call for it. This violence inevitably leads to the protests being seen as violent, antithetical to the message of Black Lives Matter, and turns people against the protests and the movement.
And, yet, in many cases it is not the protestors who instigate the violence. Here are 13 videos showing the police using violence against protestors across the country.
1. Houston, Texas
2. New York City
Also in today's criminal justice news, apparently NYPD were just beating a variety of people earlier tonight becaus… https://t.co/3GEvBIhDZG— T. Greg "BOEK THE BLUP" Doucette (@T. Greg "BOEK THE BLUP" Doucette)1590809874.0
Also in today's criminal justice news, a pair of NYPD officers in SUVs decide to do a Tiananmen Square – quickly ru… https://t.co/FYVZc77dc0— T. Greg "BOEK THE BLUP" Doucette (@T. Greg "BOEK THE BLUP" Doucette)1590888394.0
3. Las Vegas, NV
Currently on the strip in Las Vegas #GeorgeFlyod protest. https://t.co/ZskgwpikrH— Bridget Bennett (@Bridget Bennett)1590806679.0
4. Atlanta, GA
WATCH: I was recording when the first clash between police & protestors broke out in Atlanta. @cbs46 #cbs46 #news… https://t.co/364CCEmSpj— Brittany Miller (@Brittany Miller)1590791615.0
5. Columbus, OH
Here is a 38 photo sequence of what happen this morning with Joyce Beatty, Shannon Hardin, Kevin Boyce, protesters… https://t.co/HN50d19ED1— Kyle Robertson (@Kyle Robertson)1590862722.0
A source provided this video to @ColleenNBC4 showing the incident that resulted in Rep. Joyce Beatty, City Council… https://t.co/L7dUGsA13z— NBC4 Columbus (@NBC4 Columbus)1590858795.0
6. Detroit, MI
Violence continues between protesters and Detroit police. https://t.co/vXmcUltpIO— Joe Guillen (@Joe Guillen)1590807357.0
7. San Jose, CA
san jose protest. one of the cops seems to be enjoying shooting people with rubber bullets even licks his lips. dis… https://t.co/fYWi60b1mF— bowie (@bowie)1590815538.0
8. Los Angeles, CA
Footage of brutal police violence against protesters in Los Angeles. A peaceful protest organized by Black Live… https://t.co/nNe7Hww6ve— redfish (@redfish)1591016934.0
The police are inciting the violence to a peaceful protest!! #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER #LosAngelesProtest… https://t.co/408tZ3dQug— marlet (@marlet)1590882012.0
9. Seattle, WA
Footage of unprovoked police violence at the 5/30/20 peaceful protests #PoliceViolence #seattleprotest #GeorgeFloyd… https://t.co/t10O3e69c1— Cidermm (@Cidermm)1590984115.0