Indianapolis, IN — As the echo chamber from the police apologist crowd ramps up their anti-protest propaganda, it is getting harder for them deny the rampant violence carried out against non-violent peaceful protesters over the last month since George Floyd's death. No one here is claiming that criminals aren't exploiting these protests for political and personal gain by looting and destroying things. However, all the stories on which TFTP has reported so far involves unprovoked violence on innocent, peaceful protesters.
As the following case illustrates, the anti-protest crowd should probably start opposing this violence as it will soon start to hit them in the pocket book. One of the cases on which TFTP reported showed an act of cruelty and assault for no apparent reason. Now, the two women who were abused in that video have filed a lawsuit as the cops who attacked them have yet to be held accountable which means that liability is now passed on to the taxpayers.
The federal lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is on behalf of Ivoré Westfield and Rachel Harding who were savagely attacked after being trapped by cops, unable to go home, and then beaten for violating curfew.
It is important to point out that many of the arrests that have taken place over the last few weeks involve violations of unconstitutional curfews which have been enforced across the nation. When citizens refuse to be silenced and do not go home when told they have to, police begin a process known as kettling.
For those who may be unaware, kettling is a police tactic for controlling large crowds during demonstrations or protests. It involves the formation of large cordons of police officers who then move to contain a crowd within a limited area. Protesters are left only one choice of exit controlled by the police – or are completely prevented from leaving — with the effect of denying the protesters access to food, water and toilet facilities for a time period determined by the police forces.
Essentially, people who stay out past the curfew are being kettled by cops who do not allow them to leave and then are tear gassed, pepper sprayed, beaten with batons, and then arrested.
This tactic is highly controversial because multiple instances have captured cops abusing people who are innocent, including the press, and bystanders who are not even participating in the protests.
If you think staying out past curfew is somehow wrong, think back to early May when the right wing was doing the same thing to demonstrate against the unconstitutional lockdowns. If you did not think it was wrong then, but you do now, you need to do some soul searching and you should read the constitution a little more. There is no difference in these two protest groups, except for the agitators who are clearly not part of the peaceful protest groups.
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In the following video, we see Westfield who is about to be taken into custody for being out past curfew. As the cops attempt to take her in, one of them appears to grab her near her breasts, causing her to break away. According to the OP:
From this view you can see the cop grope the woman he's restraining, that's why she breaks away Then of course a half dozen cops beat her for not wanting to be groped
Sure enough, as Westfield gets free, a half dozen cops surround her and begin pummeling her with their batons, before slamming her into the concrete and jumping on top of her. For good measure, cops off camera shoot her with pepper balls.
When a bystander — another woman who is also now part of the lawsuit, identified as Harding — attempts to tell them to calm down, she is shoved to the ground as well as another half-dozen cops pile on top of her.
According to the lawsuit, as reported by the Indy Star, the women are seeking:
- Actual and compensatory damages
- Punitive damages in an amount sufficient to deter Defendants from again engaging in the conduct described herein;
- Reasonable attorney's fees
- Litigation costs and expenses
Twitter user Bob Holley tweeted the video out with the following caption, which sums up the situation quite accurately.
"If this doesn’t make you want to just scream there is something dead in your soul."
We agree. The time is now to start talking about the solutions that can bring about the radical change needed in American law enforcement.