The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs, according to the police department.
Just Ben watching a load of Instagram stories, looks fooking crazy out there. Sort of like a highlights reel of previous riots I've seen, with burning buildings, smashed up windows, unlikely people robbing stuff, face offs with police, all with the new weirdness of people in face masks
pockets of protests and violence/destruction in some major cities. it's also like a perfect storm: horrendous murder of an African American at the hands of an out-of-control cop (on top of all the others that preceded it), plus people cooped in lockdown for two months plus 15% unemployment rate with 40 million people losing their jobs plus racists tweets from the president. an explosive brew.
It's difficult to work out what's going on and who's doing what atm. There's a story going round about an undercover cop smashing windows and stirring things up, a reporter was allegedly caught playing gunshot noises off his phone to spice things up, Barr's been trying to spin all the issues as coming from "antifa" and "leftist" groups... It's a mess.
There's some absolutely insane stuff circulating on social media atm. Some guy defending a shop and charging protesters with a sword then being beaten by a crowd of people, a teenager being shot in the face by police, police shooting paintballs or rubber bullets or something at a woman on her own porch, a civilian firing a hunting bow at protesters...