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Police across the country draw outrage for excessive force against protesters and media

May 31, 2020
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Demonstrators clash with police as people gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington.

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  • Saturday marked the fifth straight night of unrest across the United States after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.
  • Clashes broke out in cities across the country between protesters and police.
  • Many videos circulated online showing instances of police officers using excessive force, both against demonstrators and members of the media.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Police across America drew outrage amid protests and riots on Saturday, the fifth night in a row of unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

In a number of different cities, police officers were seen on cellphone videos mowing down protesters with their cruisers, shoving people, pepper spraying protesters who were not resisting, and arresting or using force against journalists.

One incident in New York City was filmed from various angles, when two police cruisers surrounded by protesters hurling water bottles and pylons suddenly lurched into the crowd, mowing down a metal barricade and sending bodies flying.

The New York Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on the videos. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “troubling,” but suggested the protesters were to blame for not getting out of the path of the cruisers.

Also in New York, an officer was filmed pulling down a protester’s face mask and spraying him with pepper spray. The protester’s hands had been in the air and he had been backing away when the officer approached.

Another video from Salt Lake City, Utah, showed officers aggressively shoving down an elderly man holding a cane.

In Louisville, Kentucky, videos showed what appeared to be plainclothes police officers destroying water jugs left outside for protesters, and throwing bottled water into the back of a pickup truck. Other officers in riot gear could be seen surrounding the officers as they smashed the water jugs.

A video from a residential neighborhood in Minneapolis showed police in riot gear marching down a quiet street, shouting at residents to get inside their homes and shooting non-lethal weapons at people on their porches.

Police arrested and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at journalists

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Other reporters in Minneapolis reported that authorities had fired tear gas at point blank range, and rubber bullets, despite members of the media wearing their press credentials and clearly displaying their cameras and equipment.

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