That's more like it: Cop removes officer's knee from protester's neck

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

Amid the peaceful protests and violent riots throughout the United States over the last week in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, one woman made a decision to capitalize on the chaos by swiping a sweet treat.

Peaceful daytime protests in Seattle turned into riots as night fell on Saturday, leaving behind a path of destruction that saw hundreds of businesses and buildings looted and damaged.

In the video, onlookers nearby can be heard yelling for the officer to remove his knee from the man's neck before his colleague drags his knee off his neck while they struggle to handcuff the man.

It's unclear if the officer the camera ended up focused on was the alleged culprit or not, but the Seattle Police Department has said they're looking into the claims in question.


The second police officer then yanked the other officer's knee off the man's neck.

McKnight said the arrests happened after a group of protesters allegedly broke into a T-Mobile store.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the police would investigate the complaints but argued that "criticisms that somehow it was the Seattle Police Department [that caused] the violence and chaos" was "just false". But, in another video below, an officer even used his knee to give the head of another arrested suspect a place to rest.

Seattle police did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment on the officer's conduct. "It was not the experience I had".


The video shows looters streaming out of the store while police wrestle a number of them to the ground.

The four police officers who were arresting Floyd for suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill were fired Tuesday.

"On Saturday night, police in several cities ratcheted up their use of force - wielding batons, rubber bullets and pepper spray in incidents that also targeted bystanders and journalists", The Washington Post reported.

The violence overshadowed numerous instances of looting and vandalism police ostensibly tried to stop.


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