A police officer driving through the riot in Brooklyn opened his passenger side door and whacked what appeared to be a member of Antifa with it.
The rioters had been throwing cement at the police, lighting fires, and causing other destruction.
Police car just drove by demonstrators on Classon Ave in Brooklyn — some of whom had been throwing cement — and opened passenger side door into a protester. pic.twitter.com/vd8Lq60TXC
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) May 30, 2020
The riot in Brooklyn is being described as “mayhem.” Thousands of people are currently out rioting in the city.
Protesters have reportedly charged the police station and a police van was also set on fire.
“Several hundred police officers were rushed to the 88th Precinct in Clinton Hill, where protesters tagged police cars with profane graffiti like ‘F— the police,’ broke their mirrors, and wrecked them,” the New York Daily News reports.
None of the rioters made it inside the building, unlike in Minneapolis.
Breaking: Rioters have set a police van on fire in the Brooklyn area of New York City. pic.twitter.com/nWdcLfEePU
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) May 30, 2020
Brooklyn 88 precinct overrun pic.twitter.com/rCyV41XKmN
— maria viti (@selfdeclaredref) May 30, 2020
The NYPD has had a much more… hands on… approach than other departments across the nation, many of whom faced stand down orders.
In a video posted to Twitter earlier today, NYPD officers could be seen whacking the rioters with batons.
Unrest began to spread at Barclays Center in NYC 20 minutes ago. That means the situation before nightfall is at risk of spiraling in Atlanta, DC, NYC, Minneapolis, and possibly LA and Houston as well. #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/1YA2IS52ve
— Shahab (@SSMoghadam) May 29, 2020
Another officer shoved a belligerent woman to the ground, leading to her seeking medical attention.
Young woman violently shoved to the ground during confrontation with NYPD officer in Brooklyn; she was reportedly taken to the hospital and is OK
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 30, 2020
“A cloud of pepper spray descended over the rally, police armed with batons violently took down protesters and some rally goers set fires — all scenes that played out in real time on social media,” the Patch reports.
Assemblywoman Diana Richardson was among the protesters who was pepper sprayed.
— Gwynne Hogan (@GwynneFitz) May 30, 2020
There have reportedly been hundreds of arrests in the city, though police have not yet released an official number.
“Looks like things are getting really bad tonight in #Brooklyn. I haven’t seen a single cable news outlet do a live stream from New York tonight. Why? #NYPD @NYCMayor what’s your plan to address this?” a Twitter user named Kristen Ruby tweeted.
Looks like things are getting really bad tonight in #Brooklyn. I haven’t seen a single cable news outlet do a live stream from New York tonight. Why? #NYPD @NYCMayor what’s your plan to address this? pic.twitter.com/KgcwInUj4X
— Kristen Ruby (@sparklingruby) May 30, 2020
Violent riots have been sweeping the nation for several days over the death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday. There are currently ongoing riots in Minneapolis, New York, DC, Bakersfield, and multiple other cities.
High School Football Players Suspended for Carrying Thin Blue, Thin Red Line Flags Before 9/11 Game
High School football players in Florida have been suspended from their team for carrying Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line flags during their football game on 9/11 to honor the first responders who died during the attack on the World Trade Center.
One of the young men on the Little Miami High School football team is the son of a police officer, another, the son of a firefighter.
“Were you trying to make some kind of a political statement here?” a Local 12 reporter asked Brady Williams, a senior cornerback, who carried the Thin Blue Line flag.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
“No,” he answered quickly. “Not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.”
Jarad Bentley, whose father is a firefighter, carried the Thin Red Line flag.
“I was all for it,” he said. “Because my dad is a firefighter, and if it had been him killed on 9/11, I would have wanted someone to do it for him.”
The young men had asked the school for permission to carry the flags on to the field before the game, and the school refused. They were told that if they did, there would be consequences.
Still, the boys did it anyways.
“Listen,” Williams said. “I don’t care what my consequences are. So long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”
Local 12 reports that “Williams and Bentley heard from the athletic director Monday afternoon and received an indefinite suspension.” The station said that they had called the superintendent about the boys a few hours prior.
Superintendent Gregory Power claimed that they denied the boys’ request because they don’t want to “set a precedent” for “political” flags being carried out on the field.
“We did not want to place ourselves in a circumstance where another family might want a different flag to come out of the tunnel, one that may be [one that] many other families may not agree with from a political perspective,” Power claimed.
DC Police Helicopter Hit With Lasers By Rioters Forced to Make Emergency Landing — Crew Member Hospitalized
One of the crew members had to be hospitalized due to vision loss in one eye.
A DC Metropolitan Police helicopter had to make an emergency landing on Saturday night as it was hit by laser pointers shined at it by rioters.
A law enforcement source tells the District Herald that one of the crew members had to be hospitalized due to vision loss in one eye.
Rioters were also shining the blinding lasers in the eyes of officers on the ground.
In July, it was revealed that federal officers in Portland may have been permanently blinded by the lasers, that are becoming increasingly common at the riots.
“When officers responded to put out these fires, glass bottles were thrown and lasers – which can cause permanent blindness – were shined in their eyes,” Federal Protective Service (FPS) Deputy Director of Operations Richard Cline said at a press conference at the time. “We have three officers who currently have eye injuries and they may not recover sight in those eyes from those laser attacks.”
There were multiple helicopters circling throughout the area all evening to keep track of the rioters.
— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) August 30, 2020
Rioters from all over the nation, including many familiar faces from the Portland riots, have been causing chaos throughout the city for several days.
Whoa the remaining window of that BLM van has just been smashed in by police officers as they move the crowd further back through BLM Plaza in DC pic.twitter.com/lOOx9Je6tu
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) August 30, 2020
The riot escalated when the militants began to throw bricks at police officers.
Domestic terrorists are now threatening the White House and police lives… pic.twitter.com/DC7DWtXc7T
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) August 30, 2020
Earlier in the evening, a speaker in the newly named “Black Lives Matter Plaza” asserted that “I’m at the point where I’m going to put the police in a f*cking grave. I’m at the point where I want to burn the f*cking White House down!”
There were multiple arrests for assaulting police officers, but it seems as though rioters are being quickly caught and released the next day by the US Attorney’s Office.
The riot in DC is currently ongoing and the District Herald will be continuing to provide updates as the situation progresses.
BREAKING: Member of Patriot Prayer Fatally Shot in Portland
The rioters also attacked the founder of Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson.
A member of the Pro-Trump organization Patriot Prayer has been shot and killed in Portland amidst the riots.
Early reports on social media had claimed that a black male was shot by a “Trump supporter,” but that was not the case.
The victim was a white male who was reportedly wearing a hat with the Patriot Prayer insignia on it.
“A Patriot with camouflage gear with infidel and thin blue line patches, was shot and killed during pro-Trump car caravan through downtown Portland at around 8:45pm,” independent reporter Andrew Duncomb tweeted.
A Patriot with camouflage gear with infidel and thin blue line patches, was shot and killed during pro-Trump car caravan through downtown Portland at around 8:45pm.
— Black Rebel (Andrew Duncomb) (@SpaceForceUSA_) August 30, 2020
“Just heard that the man killed is affiliated with my group. Just had drinks with him last Saturday,” Duncomb added.
Speaking to the District Herald, Duncomb said that “all I got to say right now is he was a good Patriot and this news has hit my group of friends pretty hard. It’s time for Trump to hear our cries and clean up Portland. We will not let them kill us anymore.”
Duncomb added, “shame on Ted Wheeler and Kate Brown. His blood is on their hands. They allowed this violence to happen for over three months. How many people need to die before the elected officials will do their job to protect its citizens?”
Warning Graphic: Here's the only angle of the shooting in Portland that I have found so far. pic.twitter.com/CXPGplYzNb
— Brett MacDonald (@TweetBrettMac) August 30, 2020
(Real) Medics tried to save the shooting victim in downtown Portland. It is a white male contrary to what antifa journalists and accounts said about it being a black victim. pic.twitter.com/jzE2ffqN73
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020
Following the fatal shooting, rioters also surrounded and assaulted Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson. When Gibson retreated into a gas station, rioters broke the windows and threatened the owner.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020
— Darth Crypto – The Sith Jew (@ToolFree2point0) August 30, 2020
The shooting victim’s name has not yet been released, though it is known, to allow time for the family to be notified.
Duncomb, clearly outraged, tweeted a call for patriotic Americans to come to Portland on September 19 to stand against the rioters.
— Black Rebel (Andrew Duncomb) (@SpaceForceUSA_) August 30, 2020
The situation in Portland is ongoing. The District Herald will be providing updates as they become available.