Attacks on police happening nationwide after Breonna Taylor decision
In Seattle, a protester with a metal bat is captured on video attacking a police officer from behind as the officer stumbles on his bicycle during protests while onlookers toss objects at the cop.
It was just one of several incidents around the country involving violent Black Lives Matter protesters attacking and harassing police around the country after the Louisville grand jury decision this week not to indict any officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.
In Portland, protesters were seen hurling incendiary devices at police officers which drew condemnation by the Oregon State Police (OSP).
“The Oregon State Police condemns this blatant violence and the targeted assault of police officers,” said OSP via Twitter. “We denounce this unlawful conduct and those that tolerate this abhorrent behavior.”
The video shows a protester hurl a Molotov cocktail at state police, who scatter as it explodes amongst them in a ten-foot arc, while other protesters cheer.
Previously, the police arrested a suspect in the firebomb attack, but he was released after the local District Attorney’s office said that they arrested the wrong person.
“Prosecutors declined to file multiple felony charges against Joseph Robert Sipe, who authorities booked into the Multnomah County jail early Thursday, records show,” reports the Oregonian.
“Portland police had arrested the 23-year-old on allegations of attempted murder, attempted assault, first-degree arson and unlawful possession of a destructive device.”
Sipe had admitted that he threw other incendiary devices at police, but prosecutors say that the person who threw the bomb in the video dressed differently than Sipe.
In Los Angeles, masked protesters are shown on video verbally assaulting and attempting to provoke a Black police officer during protests of the Breonna Taylor decision.
“At various points in the clip, the group can be heard calling the officer a ‘b***h,’ as they rag on him for being a ‘n***a’ in the police force,” reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
“One of the people screaming at the officer even mimics shooting a gun with his fingers as they continue shouting at the cop. While all of this is happening, the officer continues to look on into the distance.”
Earlier this week, two officers in Louisville were shot during protests that were organized in response to the decision to not indict any officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.
“Larynzo Johnson faces two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, according to records from the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections,” said CNN.
Johnson’s arrest is one of the few prosecutions and arraignments of suspects for assaulting police during this wave of BLM protests.
PHOTO: AP Photo/Darron Cummings
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