Police/Legal/Prisons

Trump supporter spits on Black woman as BLM protest "mic-checks" restaurant

On the 22nd of August, a man reported to have worn a Trump hat (but not wearing it as he spit) spit on a Black woman after initiating a conflict with protesters holding a "mic-check" at the restaurant he was eating at. It the COVID pandemic, this is assault with a deadly weapon.

Video of the spitting incident and police response 1 min 5 sec

Diner reportedly seen in a Trump hat at some point spits on a Black woman at the They/Them marchl(still cut from YLF-DC video)

Protesters hang mock Klansman, paint H st/CofC as cops gather

On the 16th of August, a "Reclaim DC" protest was scheduled for BLM Plaza/H st. On that day, protesters added paintwork to the murel of signs at the US Chamber of Commerce, painted H st-and hung a mock Klansman in effigy. Cops set up a police line blocking most of H st and glowered at protesters.

Video-paint and mock hanging of Klansman, police line closes much of H st 49 sec

Ugly but true: yesterday's KKK members are today's cops-and police suicides are common

BLM marches in wake of Thursday's kettle keep huge number of cops busy

On Saturday, the 15th of August, the usual pair of BLM marchews from Malcolm X Park and Dupont circle took to the streets in spite of rain and the kettle just two days earlier. Very large numbers of cops shadowed the marches and tension grew between these pigs and the They/Them march out of Dupont. Of course, all those cops were effectively taken off the street for the rest of the city.

Breaking: Pigs pepper spray, kettle protest march on 18th between FL Ave and T st

On the 13th of August, the Metropolitan Police Department once again kettled protesters in the IMF/Pershing Park/J20 manner. In addition to the usual pepper spraying, cops surrounded protesters on 18th st, and arrested protesters, journalists, and bystanders alike. There are reports of felony rioting charges (even against journalists, same as J20)-and that one protesters had a stroke and was removed by ambulance.

Kate Cantrell's video of one of the rough arrests 44 sec

Police line enforcing mass arrest (photo by Abdallah Fayyad)

Mayor Muriel Bowser has "Defund the Police" on BLM Plaza painted over

On the 11th of August, just one day after the Secret Service shot a Black man at 17th and Penn near the White House, Muriel Bowser had contractors pave over just the part of Black Lives Matter Plaza showing BLM's "Defund the Police" addition to her Black Lives Matter street mural.

Still from Richie MCG video

DHS boss Chad Wolf gets second protest at his Alexandria house

Department of Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf is responsibe for everything from Customs and Border Patrol BORTAC teams gassing medics in Portland to ICE and CBP sending children to concentration camps to die of COVID-19. On the 9th of August, protesters showed up at his house for the second time in just over two weeks.

Video-A speaker's firsthand report from Portland, and Luke on reports of the tear gas spreading covid 2 min 40 sec

Protesters outside Chad Wolf's Alexandria home

BLM protesters block Key Bridge, hit Georgetown by day and by night

The 8th of August featured a new set of targets by Black Lives Matter protesters. The daytime march from Malcolm X Park took over Key Bridge before marching into Georgetown, and the night-time "Fuck the Police" march from Dupont Circle included a noisy, late-night "WAKE UP!" march through some of the richest residential neighborhoods in Georgetown.

Video of Key Bridge and Georgetown WakeUp actions 1 min 19 sec

Bikes take the lead as a march crosses Key Bridge

Video-DC "Fuck the Police" march confronts yuppie diners on U St

Video-"fire, fire,gentrifier" as marchers confront the wealthy

Video of August 1 confrontation between DC "Fuck the Police" direct action march and rich, unmasked diners at an upscale restaurant on U st. Note that the restaurant has a Black Lives Matter sign, but that seems to be for show. This confrontation started when protesters did a "while you are dining, Black people are dying" mic-check, and diners started arguing with protesters.

Reportback from Aug 1 day of marches and action

On the first of August, at least three different marches took to the streets of DC. The first was DemandDC's big march originating at the African-American history museum on the Mall. Then came the "Take back our streets" march from Malcolm X Park that blocked I-395, and finally the weekly "Fuck the Police" march wound through the streets, stopping at upscale sidewalk cafes to demand that rich white diners oppose police brutality.

Video-marchers block I-395 1 min 4 sec

DemandDC's big permitted march

"Protest and Paint" and bikes on BLM Plaza

On the 29th of July, Black Lives Matter activists held a "protest and paint" sign painting on BLM Plaza to prepare for Saturday's big push. Back on July 16, cops harassed a similar sign painting session, this time MPD had the good sense to stay away. About an hour and a half into this, activists on bikes rode through the Plaza as part of an evening ride.

Video-the bike riders come through BLM Plaza 47 sec

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