The First Amendment gives Americans the right to assemble peacefully and air their views. And the FBI “respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights,” as stated in its press release published on the 1st of June.

But in the wake of Mr. George Floyd’s death, on many occasions, peaceful protesters have been met by disproportionately brute force. And when the FBI asked to share digital evidence of violent individuals, people responded with countless examples showing police officers using hostile force.

It’s not the first time that the FBI has put out a nationwide call for pictures and videos that could help to identify people “actively instigating violence.” The strategy has been used during melees that followed Lakers victories in downtown Los Angeles and others cities like Baltimore.

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Megan Navonod
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF?! These people are paid to protect and serve the public not point their guns at the face of a man with a small child on his shoulders. Seriously Did this guy really think anyone trying to balance a kid on his back would pose a significant enough risk that he thought he had to use a weapon.

Anne
Community Member
2 months ago

He is aiming further away, not towards the child.. still.. no child should see this, because this should not happen.

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M Volker
Community Member
2 months ago

Fun fact, while they were, in fact pointing at a group of peaceful protestors (and pointing long-range projectiles at close range), this particular shot is forced perspective. He's not looking/aiming at them, but past them. Other shots show the angle. Still not cool, but important because it shows how an image can distort the truth which is how propaganda happens. (Again, lest I get nailed -- not condoning the over-the-top response, but important to seek truth in photos and info!)

Sebastian Miesenbeck
Community Member
2 months ago

Made with a tele lense! This guy is NOT pointing at the girl!!

Lyn Arnold
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh well that makes it okay then. It was probably just horrifying and traumatizing.

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ƒιѕн
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2 months ago

Another angle showing the cop is NOT aiming at father daughter 101796476_...1e2a6f.jpg 101796476_874054733088863_1115568039353660173_n-5ed957d1e2a6f.jpg

KoalaLa
Community Member
2 months ago

Strategic angle... You can literally see the cop isn't pointing at the irresponsible person who brought a child to a protest.

BuRny BuRn
Community Member
2 months ago

First off, If you see the angle of this photo, you can see CLEARLY that they are fuzzy, looking to the side of him...almost to the point where this is photoshopped. But yet, all of you going with what you THINK you see...Look at the cops eyes pointing the beanbag/teargas launcher...

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

This photo is not what it appears. Cops are on a different focal plane, looking beyond the people walking. This was shot with a long focal length, compressing space between the subjects. The cop is less focused than the father and child, his gaze is looking past them, loot at the size of the hands, for example.

Justin Crandall
Community Member
2 months ago

The officers in the photo are even slightly out of focus. They are further back than the man with the kid on his shoulders. Not at all the same distance from the camera.

Donatelo Hest
Community Member
2 months ago

how you can see this cop is 2 m away from them and looking behind them ist just foto shot from good angle to create more hate

Itzel Anahi
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep! This photo is not what it seems. I saw the original post from the photographer on Instagram and he was asked by the family of the man and child to take it down as it was sending the wrong message. They were upset about it. I am not ok with cops pointing guns at people, but I'm also not ok with media twisting things and send the wrong message.

SJ Wood
Community Member
2 months ago

This one is somewhat deceptive, as the officer was not actually pointing the gun at the kid. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/officer-aiming-rubber-bullet/

Julie moreau quilliou
Community Member
2 months ago

but still doing that close enough to the kid to be creepy! you americans have an enormous problem with guns!

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Pandora Edmundson
Community Member
2 months ago

Welcome to Hong Kong. Doesn't matter how old/young you are, the popo hurt you any way!

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
2 months ago

I think this photo depends on the point of view, I mean where the photographer is standing. I'm not a photo expert but something feels odd in this photo.

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

I have no words for this

Leisa Farrow
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS PISSES ME OFF TO NO END. #fkDpopo

Tamre M
Community Member
1 month ago

looks photoshopped

Tamre M
Community Member
1 month ago

photoshopped

Bee Diaz
Community Member
1 month ago

Now this baby would be traumatized for life.

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel sick looking at this.

Lydia Dean-Melchior
Community Member
2 months ago

I... CAN'T... B R E A T H.

Rich McCormick
Community Member
2 months ago

Bored Panda, you need to bring in emoticons. I saw this on Facebook and my blood boiled. The F'ing nerve of these so called "peace officers" the sanctimonious pieces of shit doing this to this family!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh. My. God.

Diana Prince
Community Member
2 months ago

I can edit a photo too. and shoot w a ling range lense to create a fucking narrative

Kalita Nite
Community Member
2 months ago

okay that one is not okay!

Cold Contagious
Community Member
2 months ago

Fear and hate mongering will never be the answers to these protests.

Linda HS
Community Member
2 months ago

TF???

Venus Cannon
Community Member
2 months ago

Totally uncalled for. Unacceptable behavior. I see no point in pointing guns at this man or his child.

Bob MacKenzie
Community Member
2 months ago

the cop is so out of shape that he couldn't defend himself or protect anyone else so he had to use a gun. Get rid of fat cops - and that is NOT fat shaming.

D Bailey
Community Member
2 months ago

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Michelle Summers
Community Member
2 months ago

What kind of ignoramus points any gun at a child.... Oh, my bad....this f@#& head!

Woody
Community Member
2 months ago

I am disgusted

Karen Johnston
Community Member
2 months ago

My blood just ran cold. WTF? Are they ACTUALLY pointing a gun at a child? I'm ashamed that I didn't know this kind of thing actually happened in our country.

BuRny BuRn
Community Member
2 months ago

No, they AREN'T...See how they love to twist the hate more? Look at the cops eyes. They are NOT looking or pointing anything at them...

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CatWoman312
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2 months ago

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3 officers on one toddler. What big men you are.

Id row
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2 months ago

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Yeah, the cops are monsters, but why would you bring a child out during this mess when you know about all the violence going on? Cops are not smart, why would you trust they wouldn't endanger your child?

L Jennings
Community Member
2 months ago

DID IT EVEN OCCUR TO YOU THAT THIS PERSON DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE AND WASN'T EVEN NEAR ANY OF THE VIOLENCE WHEN THEY LEFT HOME? WHAT ABOUT THE GUY AND HIS PREGNANT WIFE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL WHO WERE TEAR GASSED? ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE UP SOME BULLSHIT EXCUSE FOR THE COPS' BEHAVIOUR FOR THAT ONE, TOO?

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Just another bot
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2 months ago

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Shame on him and his family who brought him up to think it's ok to point the gun at a child!!! WTF is wrong with these people?????

AndersM
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2 months ago

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Woah. What a fucking he is that cop. Pointing a gun at a kid???

J. Zingler
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2 months ago

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Bring your kid to work day?

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TheHerplover
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2 months ago

Yup, now people believe me that they were being framed (the protesters)

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Kate
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2 months ago

What the H***?! That is horrific behavior :'(

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Bored Panda spoke to the front-line protester Kiki who shared the first-person account of what happened during the protests from Friday to Sunday. “I packed up a grandma cart with Gatorade, water, snacks, and hand sanitizer and took it out to the White House/Lafayette square to hand out to protesters.”

Kiki also said that “these protests have been VERY peaceful during the day. What I have witnessed was very diverse groups of protesters (all ages, races, backgrounds) who were passionate, loud, and angry, but peaceful.”

On Monday, she was handing out supplies to a bunch of peaceful protesters. “They were all very appreciative of the support they were getting from the community and I was honestly moved by how many people stopped and said a sincere 'thank you' to me when really I wanted to thank them for continuing to exercise their right to protest.”

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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2 months ago

Holy Shiiiiit!! O.O

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
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2 months ago (edited)

Oh man... I am sorry but watching these kind of videos make me full of anger and disappointment :( Why man... Why do you have to push that citizen there?

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The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

You know that that poor kid will NEVER trust a cop again. Way to "serve and protect" dickheads.

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About 3 o'clock on Monday, the group of peaceful protesters that were at the police line at the White House/ Lafayette Square made their way on foot to the capitol. “When I got there, I saw only peaceful protesting there too.”

“Between 6:20 or so, skirmishes started to happen where people would start fleeing away from the police line.” Kiki got swept up in a group of running people.

She recounted that “I was standing to avoid 30 feet or so from the police line when all of a sudden, flash grenades started to go off.” It was the first time she had seen or heard “a flash grenade that close to me.” She said: “It’s loud and frightening and totally shocks your heartbeat.”

It was panic and chaos all around. “As I retreated back in the direction of my car, 3 or 4 additional flash-bangs went off while peaceful protesters fled.” When she turned around to see what was happening, the tear gas and rubber bullets started.

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Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
2 months ago

whoever that guy is with the pepper spray, forcing it into their faces at point blank, he needs to be found and charged, these photos and videos are breaking my heart!

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madcow 3417
Community Member
2 months ago

Not in uniform. Is this a cop?

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LoL.alpaca
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2 months ago

I have ultimately decided to move to New Zeland I am so done with america

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As the woman was running back to her car, “police were shouting at all of us over an intercom that we had 10 minutes to get home or we would be immediately arrested.” She made it home by 7:30.“

I didn’t sleep at all because I was so worried all evening and speaking with the protesters on Swann Street trapped inside the house.” At 5 AM, the woman left her house with Gatorade, water, and snacks and headed over to the home on Swann Street to help the sheltered people. Read more about the Swann Street incident right here.

"From there, I witnessed all of the protesters hugging each other and saying goodbye and exchanging info. I have no doubt that many of them will be connected for life because of the harrowing night they experienced together,” the protester said emotionally. 

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

Two white people stand there and then get shot. Watch the video.

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Pamda Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the video that broke me. The cops have already been charged with excessive force. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/03/us/atlanta-police-booked-felony-charges-protest/index.html

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GirlFriday (featuring Pitbull)
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2 months ago

This incident was so that Trump could get his picture taken in front the church.

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Community Member
2 months ago

She wasn't doing anything wrong! Wtf!

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Robert HOWELL
Community Member
2 months ago

The person who was grabbed posted a series of twitter or Reddit posts detailing what happened after he was grabbed. The time he spent in jail, the people he met. I wish I had the link but no way I could ever find it, hopefully someone does to follow up here

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CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

They are that pathetic it takes that many officers to detain one non violent person? This is maddening

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TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Home of the brave, land of the free?

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GirlFriday (featuring Pitbull)
Community Member
2 months ago

Again, this is what Trump ordered to clear the road for his photo op.

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NavyDave
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2 months ago

This is just wrong on all levels.

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Jace
Community Member
2 months ago

What the FUCK

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Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, please - that lying sack of shit is the main reason we're HAVING social unrest.

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
2 months ago

the third thug ran in to kick a man down.....how do they live with who they are

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Zelda Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

The caption on this picture is incorrect. The police are using pepper spray on people trying to get back on the freeway after the semi truck came through the crowd of protestors. They didn't spray people trying to get off the freeway.

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Up All Night
Community Member
2 months ago

Why does he go back? Wth?

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Linnéa Karoliussen
Community Member
2 months ago

Had this person been hit in the head? Looks like he's bleeding from the head and twitching and you can hear one of them say "stop aiming for the head" and then they just drag the injured person off? Wonder what happened to him.

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
2 months ago

The cop who fell all on his own probably took his trip out on a protestor --and most likely a woman

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Al Hernandez
Community Member
2 months ago

Interesting to see how many of the videos have been taken off

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