If you carry a smartphone and you see a cop walking towards you or anyone else, START RECORDING!
Smartphone has turned everyone into an activist, and it’s a revelation, to be honest. Police violence is coming out strong as a reaction to peaceful protests happening all over the country. Now all thanks to sensible journalists – and literally anybody with a smartphone – violence and brutality is being captured and shared on social media. More than 50 states are now experiencing a revolution as people are no longer calling out racism but are taking action and protecting the rights of the minorities by becoming anti-racist.
Although the videos have not resulted in an immediate end to this nonsense that’s been the fate of the black community for centuries, they have provided a clear image of what this brutality can do. Up until now, we’ve been sheltered and living in our own bubble of privilege. We have not witnessed the day to day struggles that the black community experiences. This had to stop, of course. It is not right, and it must be changed.
The video circulating online shows how the system is broken. Police officers are going around the cities completely armed and hitting people with rubber bullets left right and centre. Just a couple of days ago, they attacked a disabled homeless person on the street who had nothing to do with the protests. Later, they also brutality assaulted a 75-year-old man. They shoved him back and pushed him so hard that his head hit the pavement. The man was simply trying to talk to them.
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Source: The Independent
Source: The Texas Observer
The video was obviously shared online, and when Mayor Byron Brown saw it on Twitter, he was outraged and disgusted by the nature of callousness. The city police tried to manipulate the facts and change the narrative of the story.
“I was deeply disturbed by the video.” – Mayor of Buffalo said in his official statement.
Black people have always been stereotyped and discriminated against. The police and government have always shown disdain and suspicion towards them even when there’s nothing to be suspicious about. It is now important for us to take matters into our own hands. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, or a person of color – do what is right. Be a good human and stand up for the right of your fellow brothers and sisters. Use your privilege well and name and shame the racist individuals on social media.