Yesterday, during a protest in NYC, plainclothes NYPD officers grabbed a teenage trans woman and threw her into an unmarked van. Videos show men wearing shorts and T-shirts grabbing Nikki Stone, 18, and throwing her into a white Kia minivan. At no point is she shown a badge or warrant, told why she is being kidnapped, or read her rights.
cops kidnapped my friend off the street. literally all she was doing was pointing out the unmarked car https://t.co/QfeGMFWWRd— abolition now! (@abolition now!)1595981507.0
None of the videos of the event make the NYPD look any better.
After videos of the "arrest" went viral and people questioned whether Trump's fascist goons had invaded the city, the NYPD confirmed that disappearing people is not limited to the feds — regular cops can do it, too!
According to the NYPD, they had a warrant for Stone's arrest because she had "damag[ed] police cameras." (They did not stop to tell her this as they kidnapped her.) The NYPD also appeared to try to justify the arrest by claiming that the protesters "assaulted" the NYPD thugs with rocks and bottles.
Let's go to the tape!
As if it's not disturbing enough that there are Louie Gohmert fans to begin with.
This Sunday, Hank Gilbert, the Democratic candidate hoping to unseat one of America's most ridiculous politicians, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, decided to hold a peaceful protest in Tyler, Texas, in solidarity with the city of Portland.
"This Sunday, people in my district are taking to the streets — with our masks — to protest the occupation of American cities and to let our Congressman know he needs to grow a backbone and stand up to (President Donald) Trump," Gilbert told the Longview News-Journal that day in a statement. More than 100 people RSVP-ed to participate, but many of those who had planned on attending left as soon as they saw what was waiting for them there: armed, angry Gohmert supporters looking for trouble. They sent their regrets to the campaign.
But the Gohmert supporters were raring for a fight, and they got one. They brutally assaulted several of the people who showed up to the rally, including Gilbert's 21-year-old campaign manager, Ryan Miller. They also stole his new iPhone, which was expensive enough to make the assault a felony in Texas.
Cops go wild coast to coast
In the last few weeks, protests in most cities across the country had largely calmed down. They'd been peaceful, mostly owing to the fact that cops had started to leave protesters alone and stopped constantly spraying them down with pepper spray and tear gas all day. But that has all changed now that Trump has sent federal agents into Portland and is threatening to do the same across the country. Activists across the country headed out this weekend to protest in solidarity with Portland. Police headed out as well. It has not been great.
Turns out that things will tend to get out of hand if you tell protesters you're going to send federal agents in to stop them from exercising their First Amendment rights, and tell cops that you're going to send federal agents in if they don't really start beating on protesters in a way Trump and his supporters find emotionally satisfying, and also tell Trump supporters that they are under "attack" from Antifa and no one but Trump and his secret police will protect them.
Forty-five protesters have been arrested in Seattle, where police have declared a riot. One Black Lives Matter protester, Garrett Foster, was shot and killed in Austin, Texas by someone driving a car into the protest. In Los Angeles, cops are just attacking random women in cars who are not even protesting.
Let's see how it's all working out, shall we?
This nurse in scrubs gets blasted by spray while trying to grab someone away from police. Her “day job” is RN at Se… https://t.co/ZADaCOqQHd— Simone Del Rosario (@Simone Del Rosario)1595726789.0
Police surge ahead AGAIN nabbing more people AGAIN, with no provocation AGAIN #seattleprotests #seattleprotest… https://t.co/6bBmZIsVpU— Sly deSilva (@Sly deSilva)1595737119.0
This is Seattle. The person you’re seeing is marked as Converge media. Seattle police is using mace and dye spray -… https://t.co/f0jlvhzwKg— Jennifer Scheurle (@Jennifer Scheurle)1595723783.0
video of SPD targeting the line of press from @Omarisal they had been complying and moving back and were still tar… https://t.co/xK7kkepvEX— luke (@luke)1595720747.0
Tonight in Austin, #BlackLivesMatter protesters hit the streets. A Nazi coward drove his car into the crowd, shoot… https://t.co/2DFwyVJ9Lr— Anti-Fascist AWK (@Anti-Fascist AWK)1595741986.0
Crazy scene in LA.... #LAProtests #LA https://t.co/Y0h9TLhW5k— Philly Influencer (@Philly Influencer)1595775723.0
This shit does not have to be happening. It wouldn’t if people were just allowed to protest without being assaulted by cops, if Trump wasn't talking about invading cities with federal agents and scaring the bejesus out of everyone. But it won't stop happening. In fact, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf was on Fox News today discussing whether or not they can just arrest the elected leaders of cities where protests are happening for the crime of allowing them to happen. He assured host Maria Baritromo that this was something they were really looking into.
they ran this extremely normal graphic later in the interview https://t.co/HPmXMSPHen— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1595777105.0
So really, things should only get better from here.
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