Cop Caught on Video Pepper Spraying Attendees of Black Lives

The progress from Western colonial global expansion, and the construction of American wealth and industry on the backs of enslaved Blacks and Native peoples, followed by the abrupt "emancipation" of the slaves and their exodus from the South to the Northern cities, has led us to our current divided society. Divided by economic inequities and unequal access to social resources, the nation lives in a media dream of social harmony, or did until YouTube set its bed on fire. Now, it is common knowledge that our current system of brutal racist policing and punitive over-incarceration serves the dual purpose of maintaining racial prejudice and the inequities it justifies. Brief yourself on this late-breaking development in American history here.

Cop Caught on Video Pepper Spraying Attendees of Black Lives

Postby admin » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:17 pm

Cop Caught on Video Pepper Spraying Attendees of Black Lives Matter Conference
by Ian Millhiser
July 27, 2015

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On Sunday, a peaceful conference sponsored by The Movement for Black Lives in Cleveland ended in police violence against African Americans. When will police be held accountable for such brutality and racism?

A conference protesting police violence against African Americans ended in police violence against African Americans on Sunday, when at least one officer deployed pepper spray against men and women protesting the arrest of a 14 year-old teenager.

The arrest occurred in Cleveland, across the street from Cleveland State University, which was hosting a conference sponsored by The Movement for Black Lives. Currently, there are conflicting reports regarding why the teenager was arrested. Cleveland’s ABC affiliate reports that the teen “was accused of having an open container at the bus stop when he was approached by officers,” while numerous sources on Twitter claim that he was arrested because he did not have a bus ticket.

Police reportedly “slammed the teen to the ground while making an arrest and pepper spray was used.”

After this arrest, protesters rallied near the scene, and one video of the protest shows them linking arms in an apparent effort to prevent police from breaking up the protest. According to reporting by Jonathan Walsh, a reporter with the ABC affiliate, that’s when a white officer began to pepper spray the crowd.
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